New Jersey Man Changes Name to Hitler - Carlos Gamino

By Carlos Gamino

A Pennsylvania man made the news on May 8, 2017, when he officially changed his last name to Hitler.

The man, formerly known as Isidore Heath Campbell, is now Isidore Heath Hitler. His initials, I.H.H., he says also represent “I hail Hitler.”

The neo-Nazi, tattooed from head to toe with swastikas, was featured in a Showtime documentary called “Meet the Hitlers.” (You can watch the trailer, and see Hitler—the new one—at 0:49 in this clip.) He first made the news in 2008, though, when he ordered a birthday cake for his son that he wanted to say “Happy birthday, Adolf Hitler” and the market refused to make it for him.

In 2009, the same man lost parental rights to three of his children because a court determined that he didn’t have the psychological capacity to care for kids. In 2013, he showed up at a visitation rights hearing wearing a Nazi uniform.

Hitler—then Campbell, of course—was on Hunterdon County, New Jersey’s “Most-Wanted Fugitives” list for domestic violence. He was arrested in March 2016 and spent 180 days in jail after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice and resisting arrest.

He applied for a name change on Valentine’s Day 2017, and a judge approved his request just three months later. He sports a shortened mustache, parts his hair down the middle and slicks it to the sides, and claims he should have custody of all nine of his children, who share in common four different mothers.

What Do You Think?

Do you think a name like Hitler’s should be off-limits, or do judges have a responsibility to let people choose whatever names they’d like—even if those names are patently offensive to the vast majority of people? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please share them on Twitter or on my Facebook page.

Carlos Gamino