Should These Nazi-Naming Parents Have Lost Custody of Their Baby?

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Should These Nazi-Naming Parents Have Lost Custody of Their Baby?
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Tue, 11-29-2011 - 10:31am

Should These Nazi-Naming Parents Have Lost Custody of Their Baby?

You know how we all agreed we weren’t going to judge another parent until we’d driven a mile in her minivan? Well, I pretty much crapped out of the deal back in 2009 when I read about Heath and Deborah Campbell, the New Jersey couple who’d decided to legally change their son’s name to Adolf Hitler....

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Registered: 02-14-2004

I understand your disgust with a name like that, but I think removing a child from the custody of it's parents is a HUGE deal, and I don't think a name should have that much power.

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Registered: 11-13-2009
Well, then there's the whole violence and neglect thing....

 

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Registered: 12-02-2008
I live in NJ. Just thought I'd share a few things about this case:

1) there are 3 kids: Adolf Hitler, 5, Aryan Nation, 4 & Honszlynn Hinler, 3. (in homage to Heinrich Himler)
2) all 3 were given these names at birth
3) the father was turned away by a bakery when he asked to have Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler put on a cake
4) an anonymous call to children's services about abuse allegation led to the kids being removed from the home in 2009
5) once in custody, investigations revealed that the parents were mentally unstable & that the kids were acting out...

I feel badly for those kids....and to have found out that there's something actually wrong with these people....I sorta feel badly for them too!

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Registered: 04-21-2008

I agree Sadie -- no one should lose custody strictly on what they named their kid.

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Registered: 10-14-2003

Names have incredible power in one's life and in society.

IMO, they should never have been allowed to have those names approved.

Since they found evidence of abuse/neglect in the home and the parents unstable (I guess the names would've given that away) then, yes, it was appropriate for the children to be removed from parents' custody.

And I hope the state

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-02-2008
If I'm not mistaken the younger 2 have somewhat "normal" middle names... but I completely agree with you....those poor kids will have to live with their parents' decision for the rest of their lives.
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Registered: 04-21-2008

Adolf's sisters' names are JoyceLynn Aryan Nation and Honszlyn Hinler Jeannie (which apparently is a reference to Heinrich Himmler.)

Yuck!

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Registered: 04-21-2008

Sorry about the double post about the sister names, Helga!

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Registered: 12-02-2008

I know!!!

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Registered: 06-06-2000
I saw this story a couple of years ago and thought it was a case of the government persecuting these parents for being freaks. Yes, they are probably not *good* parents, but considering the people I've seen raising kids who've never even had a visit from big brother, they probably aren't all that bad, big picture-wise. There are plenty of kids who've grown up in cults, biker gangs, ghettos, etc., and somehow they managed to come out o.k. Though I would NEVER agree that being a huge fan of Hitler and nazi's is even marginally acceptable, I don't want to set a precedent that would allow the government to come take my kids because they don't agree with me, ya know?

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