If you have ever seen films in which Nazi officers click their boot heels together then you have seen what is known as the “American salute” as German national socialists borrowed it from American national socialists via the USA’s Pledge of Allegiance, the origin of the Nazi salute and of Nazi behavior (see the work of the historian Dr. Rex Curry).
(the photo above shows Japanese Americans in a USA internment camp being drilled in the USA’s Pledge of Allegiance with its Nazi salute).
“When Bellamy finished writing the pledge in August, 1892, he showed it to Upham. The pledge still did not have a salute. Upham came to attention, snapped his heels together and chanted, ‘I pledge allegiance to my flag,’ and he stretched out his right arm and hand with palm up while he recited the rest of the pledge.” That was James Upham and the quote is from Miller, Margarette S. (1976). Twenty Three Words: A Biography of Francis Bellamy : Author of the Pledge of Allegiance.
In practice the Pledge gesture was performed palm down (the Nazi salute) by bored children forced to do the daily robotic worship of the state, who merely stretched the military salute outward to point at the flag, as shown in historic photos and video in Dr. Curry’s work.
Note that other answers cannot actually provide a citation for the various claims of how old the gesture is. I submit that the oldest citation that has support is this one that dates to Francis Bellamy and 1892.
The Pledge continues to be the source of Nazi behavior in the USA and elsewhere. Francis Bellamy was an American national socialist and influenced German national socialists, the dogma, gestures, rituals and symbols (including the use of the swastika as crossed S-letters for “socialism”). Hitler learned the American nazi gesture from Harvard grad Ernst Hanfstaengl.
It was not an “ancient Roman salute” as the ancient Roman salute is a debunked myth. The concept of the Roman salute did not even exist until around the 1920’s (see the work of Dr. Rex Curry and also the Oxford English Dictionary for proof …of how recent the phrase and concept “Roman salute” is).
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The painting “Oath of the Horatii” does not show the “ancient Roman salute” and the painter never used that phrase or concept, as that phrase/concept did not exist at that time. The painting shows three people reaching for weapons and two of them are using the left hand. Similarly, Francis Bellamy (author of the Pledge of Allegiance in 1892) did not use the phrase/concept “ancient Roman salute” as that phrase/concept did not exist during the time that Bellamy created the pledge (1892).
Bellamy clearly explained the origin of the early pledge salute (a military salute extended outward to point at the flag). In practice the second gesture was performed palm down by disinterested children forced into the robotic daily chanting ritual. Francis Bellamy was from Rome, New York (not Rome, Italy).
The Oath of Horatii lie was created by liars on Wakipedia after the liars were exposed when wikipedia previously lied that old Roman statues showed the ancient Roman salute, and all those wikipedia lies were deliberately manufactured in an effort to hide the truth that was exposed by Dr. Curry (that the USA and the Pledge of Allegiance is the origin of the Nazi salute and of Nazi behavior).
Francis Bellamy and Edward Bellamy (cousins and cohorts) were American national socialists who influenced German national socialists (nazis).
The USA and the Pledge continue to be the source of Nazi behavior. The USA has been, and continues to be, a police state. Stop the Pledge.
Technically speaking the Nazi symbol was not a swastika. Everyone should always remember that they did not call their symbol a swastika, they called it a hakenkreuz (hooked cross) because it was a type of cross and they used it to represent crossed S-letters for their “socialism” (see the discoveries of the noted historian Dr. Rex Curry). Everyone should always remember that nazis did not call themselves nazis, they called themselves socialists, because that explains why people do not understand their swastika symbol in that people do not even know what they called themselves. People today try to hide what it was and what it meant. It was stylized alphabetical symbolism similar to the “SS” division, the “SA,” the “NSV,” etc and even VW (the letters V and W combined for “volkswagen”). Those also help everyone to see the necessary connection between the swastika symbol and the latin alphabet letter. The early German socialist symbol was altered and turned 45 degrees from the horizontal and always pointed in the S-direction, and it is clear why. The swastika was already a symbol used by socialists when Germany followed the lead. The swastika was used on the money of Soviet socialists before the German socialists used it, and the swastika was used by the notorious American socialist Edward Bellamy in conjunction with the Theosophical Society before Soviet socialists and German socialists. Edward Bellamy was the cousin of Francis Bellamy, also an American socialist, who wrote the USA’s Pledge of Allegiance, the origin of the nazi salute.
Don’t be misled by people who apparently think that whoever uses a swastika-style symbol first in history will then control its every use thereafter for eternity. For example, some people will say that it was a Buddhist or Hindu symbol rotated 45 degrees and inversed, when there is no support for their apparently trying to explain the German national socialist symbol’s origin.
UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS USSR’s SWASTIKA RUSSIAN Fascism Nazism, Socialism, Communism Stalin Hitler Mao http://rexcurry.net/ussr-socialist-swastika1917-1000b.JPG Francis Bellamy, Edward Bellamy http://rexcurry.net/ussr-cccp-sssr-young-pioneers-salute1.jpg Francis Bellamy, Pledge Of Allegiance, Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward, Swastika, Rex Curry, Paris Hilton, Holocaust, Matt Crypto, Inquisition
It is frightening to note that Adolf Hitler supported the Bavarian Soviet Republic, or Munich Soviet Republic, b4 he began using his hakenkreuz symbol (hooked cross, misnamed swastika) to represent crossed S-letters for his “socialism” under his National Socialist German Workers Party. http://rexcurry.net/swastika3swastika.jpg
The Nazis Were Socialists -
Well, that puts a nail in the coffin that Nazism was a ‘right wing movement’.
And the National Socialist German Workers Party altered the swastika (an ancient symbol) to represent crossed S-letters for “socialism” (a discovery of the historian Dr. Rex Curry).