father of 3-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell is asking for a little
tolerance, after a New Jersey supermarket refused to decorare a
birthday cake with the child's full name on it.
Heath Campbell and his wife, Deborah, are upset not only with the
decision made by the nearby ShopRite, but also with an outpouring of
angry Internet postings in response to a local newspaper article about
Heath Campbell, who is 35, said in an interview Tuesday that people should look forward, not back, and accept change.
"They need to accept a name. A name's a name. The kid isn't going to grow up and do what [Hitler] did," he said.
Deborah Campbell, 25, said she phoned in her order last week to the
ShopRite. When she told the bakery department she wanted her son's name
spelled out, she was told to talk to a supervisor, who denied the
Karen Meleta, a spokeswoman for ShopRite, said the Campbells had
similar requests denied at the same store the last two years and said
Heath Campbell previously had asked for a swastika to be included in
"We reserve the right not to print anything on the cake that we
deem to be inappropriate,"Meleta said. We considered this
The Campbells ultimately got their cake decorated at a Wal-Mart in
Pennsylvania, Deborah Campbell said. About 12 people attended the
birthday party on Sunday, including several children who were of mixed
race, according to Heath Campbell.
"If we're so racist, then why would I have them come into my home?"
he asked.The Campbells' other two children also have unusual names:
JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell turns 2 in a few months and Honszlynn
Hinler Jeannie Campbell will be 1 in April.
Heath Campbell said he named his son after Adolf Hitler because he
liked the name and because no one else in the world would have that
On Tuesday he wore a pair of black boots he said were worn by a German soldier during World War II.
Campbell said his ancestors are German and that he has lived all
his life in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, which is across the Delaware
River from Easton.
|Bradley Burston / The Madoff betrayal: Life imitates anti-Semitism
By Bradley Burston
Tags: Israel News, Madoff
For the true anti-Semite, Christmas came early this year.
The anti-Semite's new Santa is Bernard Madoff. The answer to every
Jew-hater's wish list. The Aryan Nation at its most delusional couldn't
have come up with anything to rival this:
The former chairman of Nasdaq turns out, also, to be treasurer of
the board of trustees at Yeshiva University and chairman of the
university's business school. Rich beyond human comprehension, he
handles fortunes for others, buying and selling in a trading empire
that skirts investment banks and other possible sources of regulation.
He redefines avarice, knowingly and personally bilking charities and
retirees in the most classic of con games.
better, for those obsessed with the idea that Jews control finance,
entertainment and the media, is the idea that Madoff's greed was
uncontrollable enough that he targeted fellow Jews, even Holocaust
survivors, some of them his own friends, as well as Israeli companies
who insured Jews, including Holocaust survivors.
The beauty part, for the anti-Semite: Madoff's machinations,
which could have been put to use for the sake of humanity, have
directly harmed Jewish welfare and charity institutions.
He has managed to harm contemporary Jewry in ways anti-Semites
could only dream about. He has sapped the Jewish Federation of Greater
Los Angeles of 11 percent of its endowment, or more than $6 million. In
the words of prominent educator Avraham Infeld, he "obliterated"
long-standing charitable foundations for Jewish causes in Israel,
Eastern Europe and North America.
Along the way, Madoff assured the story enormous play, not only
with the scale and the impudence of the scheme, but with his A+ roster
of celebrity victims, among them Stephen Spielberg, Elie Wiesel, and
billionaire real-estate tycoon, media mogul, commentator and former
chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish
Organizations Mort Zuckerman. A senior U.S. senator is one of his
client-marks, as well as present and past owners of professional
football and baseball teams.
Then there was the betrayal of old friends like philanthropists
Carl and Ruth Shapiro, megadonors to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston,
Brandeis University and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
"The scandal rippled far beyond the multimillion-dollar private
foundation run by Madoff that channeled money into hospitals and
theaters," Reuters reported, "and swept up charities large and small,
directly and indirectly, along with wealthy Jewish investors Madoff
Adding the element of clannishness, The New York Post was more direct.
"Working the so-called "Jewish circuit" of well-heeled Jews he
met at country clubs on Long Island and in Palm Beach, and through his
position on the boards of directors of several prominent Jewish
institutions, he was entrusted with entire family fortunes.
"The guy was totally respected. He was a heymishe Jewish guy. He
had sweet old ladies and he let their children in," said a Manhattan
lawyer who invested with Madoff.
"This guy was dealing with all the rich Jews in Roslyn and the rich
Jews in Palm Beach. This was passed down from family member to family
member because he wouldn't open up to new people."
It remains to be seen how far we've come from the days of the frank
Jew-hate and genteel anti-Semitism of the likes of Henry Ford and F.
Scott Fitzgerald. We can only hope that the Meyer Wolfsheim Effect
remains dormant, the Great Gatsby heritage of "the man who fixed the
1919 World Series."
" ... If I had thought of it at all, I would have thought of it as
a thing that merely happened, the end of some inevitable chain,"
Fitzgerald's narrator confides. "It never occurred to me that one man
could start to play with the faith of fifty million people - with the
single-mindedness of a burglar blowing a safe."
In the meanwhile, Bernard Madoff, you've made the days of uncounted
devout Jew-haters. This year, all they want for Christmas, is you.