Hitler's Mom: 'I Want My Kids Back'
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2009 7:31 AM CST
Heath Campbell, left, with his wife Deborah and son Adolf Hitler, 3, pose in Easton, Pa., last month.   (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

(Newser) – Adolf Hitler's mom wants her son back home. The Jersey mother who saddled her three kids with Nazi-friendly names lost them to social services because of a neighbor's false claims of abuse, she tells the Express-Times. We "would never abuse our children," she said. "I want my children back." But that may prove to be complicated since police found the kids' grandma drunk in the car as the family headed to a hearing, reports MSNBC.

Cops who pulled the family over last week called dad Heath Campbell "that Nazi guy" and quizzed him about his swastika tattoo, his wife complained. They were ticketed for failing to make necessary repairs to their car. The parents have argued that they have the right to name their kids whatever they choose, and opted for the strange monikers to honor the Third Reich. "They're just names," said Heath Campbell.

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Jan 26, 2009 3:17 AM CST
The family is not raising the children in a healthy environment. The authorities even stated the names of the children were not the reason the children were removed from the household. Despite the new charges, the husband had a history of domestic violence from previous marriages.
Jan 24, 2009 9:16 PM CST
It is crucial to the healthy development of civilization that people are made aware of these occurrences and understand why this is not acceptable behavior. I'm all for freedom of speech and civil liberties in general, but hate groups are still alive and well. Ignoring them will only allow them to grow stronger and more widespread, we must recognize their ignorance and criticize their insensibility. I don't know if this family is teaching their children to commit hate crimes, but I do know that they can't possibly be providing a healthy environment for these children by condemning them to a lifetime of controversy. Parents should teach their children tolerance for others and accountability for their actions; where is the accountability here?
Jan 22, 2009 10:18 PM CST
It's a catch 22. The parents do have the right to name their child whatever they want but naming him after one of the brutal dictators that the world has ever seen and ever will see is setting him up for a lifetime of hardships. Some people just don't "get it"