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Our video team posted this excerpt from Meet the Hitlers, released on DVD and on iTunes today by Virgil Films:
In 2011, Heath Campbell received worldwide attention for naming his son Adolf Hitler, and was branded the “Nazi dad.” Now, he appears in a new documentary, Meet the Hitlers, a film that explores the lives of people who are linked by the name Hitler. This short excerpt from the film delves into Campbell’s story, but there are other characters—a migrant worker, a teenage girl, an 80-year-old grandfather—all who are linked by the notorious name.
In the short, Campbell describes how—a few days after a supermarket refused to decorate a birthday cake with the name of his son, Adolf Hitler Campbell—he lost custody of his three children. A neighbor alleged the children were being abused, lawyer Pasquale Giannetta says in the short, but “All fingers pointed at the Adolf Hitler name, and that being the reason for the DYFS intervention.” One reader defends the decision to take the kids away:
Just because child services hasn’t released the reasons they removed the kids (and they won’t unless it ends up in court) doesn’t mean there aren’t valid reasons. There may not be reasons other than the Nazi thing, but a story told by this guy and his lawyer is, by definition, not the complete story.
Today, NJ.com reports that Campbell has been indicted by a New Jersey grand jury on charges of “aggravated assault, resisting arrest and obstruction”:
The October 2015 assault charge stems from an incident in Holland Township involving his girlfriend, Bethanie Zito, who has since recanted her accusation that Campbell struck her. Campbell allegedly fled after Holland Township Police issued a warrant for his arrest and, after nearly six months as a fugitive, he was located in Shippensburg, Pa., and arrested.
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