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The Inevitable Fallout of Naming Your Son 'Hitler'

Apr 04, 2016 | 831 videos
Video 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. It’s a film that examines the relationship between names and identity for a very particular subset of the population: those whose names connect them, whether by choice or not, to one of the most infamous leaders of the 20th century. The full film is available on iTunes.

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Author: Nadine Ajaka

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