Jewish Journal

Little Adolf Hitler wants to have his cake and eat it too

by Brad A. Greenberg

December 17, 2008 | 12:15 pm

Adolf was once a common name, and even for a few notable Jews. But that all changed when Adolf was followed by Hitler and came to be associated with the wickedest man of the 20th century. So it’s quite unusual to hear that someone has actually named their child Adolf these days. But I suppose when the boy is also given the middle name “Hitler,” the parents aren’t running from the Nazi reference.

The AP reports:

EASTON, Pa.——The father of 3-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell, denied a birthday cake with the child’s full name on it by one New Jersey supermarket, is asking for a little tolerance.

Heath Campbell and his wife, Deborah, are upset not only with the decision made by the Greenwich ShopRite, but with an outpouring of angry Internet postings in response to a local newspaper article over the weekend on their flare-up over frosting.

“I think people need to take their heads out of the cloud they’ve been in and start focusing on the future and not on the past,” Heath Campbell said Tuesday in an interview conducted in Easton, on the other side of the Delaware River from where the family lives in Hunterdon County, N.J.

“There’s a new president and he says it’s time for a change; well, then it’s time for a change,” the 35-year-old continued. “They need to accept a name. A name’s a name. The kid isn’t going to grow up and do what (Hitler) did.”

True. A name is only a name. But names usually say something about both the child and the parents. Maybe the names of the Campbell children will offer hints about little Adolf Hitler’s parents.

Adolf has two sisters, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie. The latter, just eight months old, was named for Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler. ...

The kids are growing up in a home festooned with a swastika in every room. The father wears boots that once belonged to a Nazi soldier, and claims a relative was a member of Hitler’s feared Schutzstaffel.

The parents insist they are not racist, although they don’t believe in mingling the races.

And Heath Campbell claims he doesn’t understand why people are shocked when they hear his son’s full name.

I’m shocked too. I just can’t believe Campbell doesn’t get why his kids’ names would be offensive. And I don’t.

Thanks for the link, Ben Plonie.

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