Heath Campbell wanted to make a good impression on the family court judge. “I’m going to tell the judge, I love my children. I wanna be a father, let me be it,” Campbell told NBC on Monday before heading into court. “Let me prove to the world that I am a good father.” In an arguably misguided effort to prove his case, Campbell showed up to court in full Nazi regalia.
Campbell started wearing the uniform because he is the founder of “Hitler’s Order,” a pro-Nazi organization. He and his family drew national media attention back in 2008 when a store refused to inscribe a cake with “Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler.”
Now Campbell is once again in the spotlight as he appeared in court in an effort to get visitation rights for his youngest son, 2-year old Heinrich Hons Campbell. New Jersey child welfare officials had already placed Heinrich Hons’s older siblings – Adolf Hitler, 7, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation, 6, and 5-year-old Honzlynn Jeannie – in foster care because of alleged violence in the family’s home.
Campbell told the local NBC affiliate that the three eldest children have been adopted. He contends authorities took his children away because of his beliefs – he is a Holocaust denier – and because he gave his children Nazi-themed names, not because he and his wife were unfit parents, despite an appellate court ruling that the three children were abused or neglected. Campbell is unemployed, but maintains that he can support his children.
When asked if wearing a Nazi uniform would hurt his case, Campbell replied that it depends upon the judge. “If they’re good judges and they’re good people, they’ll look within, not what’s on the outside,” he said.
“I love my children with all my heart and soul,” Campbell told the New York Daily News. “I’m a father and I deserve the right to be a father.”