The following concerns an actual email to a college-level teacher concerning these discoveries: (1) The Pledge of Allegiance was the origin of the stiff-armed salute adopted later by the National Socialist German Workers Party (and by the socialist Mussolini), and it was the origin of the "ancient Roman salute" myth; (2) The swastika, although an ancient symbol, was used by the National Socialist German Workers Party to represent crossed S-letters for their "socialism". The following was written to the teacher from a fan of RexCurry.net, the site that archives the work of the symbologist Dr. Rex Curry (author of "Pledge of Allegiance Secrets" and the one who made the discoveries mentioned above). See the youtube video about the topics at
When you originally wrote to me you said you were doing research for a class that you teach. I was trying to assist you in correcting errors/deficiencies on the wakipedia page you mentioned about Charles Lindbergh. I was also trying to help you make your class interesting and educational in ways that would be unlike any other class those students have ever had and ever will have. How have you responded to my efforts?
You write: "Like many other terms 'Nazi' is one that was used more by their enemies than themselves, but so what?" The so what is that it was used by their enemies to mislead people about what the word means and what they actually called themselves and to perpetuate widespread ignorance. The word is still used that way. They are successful at it. That is the "so what." Why do you act like you don't comprehend the point even as you concede it? What kind of a response is "So what?" from a teacher?
You said "Okay, they were self-described socialists, but I always explain what NSDAP stood for." Again, you write as if you are completely ignoring everything I said. If all that you or anyone else does is "explain what NSDAP stood for" then your students will be as ignorant as everyone else in regard to the fact that you will never have explained to students that NSDAP members did not call themselves Nazis. Your students will never comprehend that nor the significance of that.
Next, having not explained that they did not call themselves "Nazis," you will never tie their actual name (socialist) into the symbolism of the Swastika. You will not explain that they did not call it a swastika. That it was a type of cross, a "hooked cross," and used to symbolize crossed S-letters for "socialism" because that is what they actually called themselves. http://rexcurry.net/swastikanews.html
Next, having not explained that they did not call themselves "Nazis," and not explaining that their actual name "socialist" was important to them, you will be like others in that you will never tie it into or relate it to the earlier dogma of American national socialists and the earlier American stiff-arm salute, the origin of the NSDAP salute. You will never even mention any of that. http://rexcurry.net/pledge2.html
Why do you act as if you do not see any relationship between these topics? Or are you too busy typing "so what?"
Perhaps I can assist you by suggesting that you pose it as questions to students: "Is it possible that the Pledge was the origin of the stiff-arm salute?"
And "Is it possible that the swastika was intended to represent crossed S-letters for socialism?"
When you originally wrote to me you said you were doing research regarding Lindbergh/Bellamy for a class. I was trying to assist you in correcting errors/deficiencies on the wakipedia page you mentioned. I was also trying to help you make your class interesting and educational in ways that would be unlike any other class your students have ever had and ever will have.
That is one of the reasons why those discoveries were made by Dr. Curry and that is why other people such as yourself did not make those discoveries: because other people constantly use shorthand misleading terms to the point where they no longer think clearly about the topics. They blank out with "so what?" and refuse to see any of the relationships involving the dogma, symbols and rituals and their history.
It is, of course, related to the policies of government today. Everyone continues to suffer the Bellamy and FDR dogma/programs, now more than ever. That is the other relationship that you seem to "so what?" write off. This is not just some ancient history that bears no relationship to anything in our lives today. That is another way to help students understand it. For example, they grew up being coerced into the pledge everyday in government schools and were told nothing about it. They continue to know nothing about it. And it appears that everyone is in a hurry to keep them ignorant.
Try showing students a photograph of the early American stiff arm salute. Watch the amazing reactions. Tell them when it started. Some of them will even think that you are lying. http://rexcurry.net/pledge-allegiance-pledge-allegiance2.jpg