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The official Olympic salute originated in the United States, as did the Nazi salute. Both gestures are products of the early Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

The Beijing Olympics did not use the official Olympic salute, and the opening ceremony substituted extended arm waiving that was a odd reminder of the stiff-armed salute from older Olympic games.

While China rejected the salute for the Olympic games, China continues to use the stiff-armed gesture officially.
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Mao Zegong's portrait and dogma is present at the Olympic games in Beijing. Mao still holds one of the worst three records for mass murder with Hitler and Stalin.
Mao was part of the socialist Wholecaust (of which the Holocaust was a part):  ~60 million killed under the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; ~50 million under the Peoples' Republic of China; ~20 million under the National Socialist German Workers' Party.  If mass murder were an Olympic event, Mao would have taken a medal.

Beijing is slated to be one of the first cities to host one of five new Wholecaust Museums with Moscow, Berlin, New York City, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles.

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A lot of fascinating research concerns the Olympics. Much of the work examines the Olympic Games in history and today. Most of the work is puff, with very little critical analysis of the games.

The Olympics are government boondoggles that have damaged sports and liberty. The Olympic games are nationalist theater consistent with National Socialism touted by Edward Bellamy and Francis Bellamy in the United States from the late 1800's.

A little known secret about the Olympics is that the games have an official salute. It is a straight-arm salute like that of the former National Socialist German Workers' Party. The historian Dr. Rex Curry (author of "Pledge of Allegiance Secrets") showed that the striaght-arm salute (and thus both the Olympic salute and the NSGWP salute) originated in the United States from an Amercan National Socialist, Francis Bellamy.  Dr. Curry's work was inspired by an abstract from the American Philological Association.

The straight-arm salute was the early gesture of the Pledge of Allegiance (1892), written by Bellamy, a self-proclaimed National Socialist who espoused "military socialism." The pledge spread the straight-arm salute and Bellamy's socialist dogma in the USA. Participation in the Olympics by the USA influenced the games to adopt the same straight-armed socialist salute used for the pledge. The Olympics spread the straight-arm salute and the socialist dogma worldwide.

Francis Bellamy was the cousin and cohort to Edward Bellamy, author of the book "Looking Backward." It was called the "Bible of National Socialism" and became an international bestseller and translated into every major language including Russian, Chinese and German.

The leader of the German Workers' Party was so impressed with the dogma that he renamed his party the National Socialist German Workers' Party. He also turned the swastika 45 degrees to the horizontal and pointed it clockwise to highlight the "S" shape to symbolize the party's "socialism," as discovered by Professor Curry, author of "Swastika Secrets."

The socialist dogma behind the straight-arm salute of the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance and behind the Olympic salute was painfully evident at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin under German National Socialism.  With socialism's swastika symbol everywhere, even U.S. athletes performed their eerie straight-arm salute on the winner's stands.

The National Socialist German Workers’ Party began in 1920, had electoral breakthroughs in 1930, and imposed dictatorship in 1933. In 1939 the National Socialist German Workers' Party and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics joined as allies to invade Poland in a pact to divide up Europe.

The deadly dogma led to the socialist Wholecaust (of which the Holocaust was a part): 65 million slaughtered under the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR); 49 million under the Peoples' Republic of China (PRC); 21 million under the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSGWP). After WWII, China and the Soviet Union went on to kill even more people.

It is the same dogma that continues to dupe Americans to vote for new taxes for government-owned stadiums (socialized stadiums) for sports entertainment.

Considering the history of the Olympics, it is appropriate that China, a perpetrator of the socialist Wholecaust, will host the government games in 2008.  

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Politicians who study history are doomed to repeat it. That maxim persists with the Olympics.   It is a worldwide government boondoggle repeated every four years. 

Even after the glory that was Greece vanished, the Olympics lived on, but in a debased form under the Romans, who replaced the traditional games with their own
gladiatorial contests, in which slaves replaced free-born Greeks as the competitors.

Today, the Roman form lives on whenever Americans vote for government to impose taxes on others for government-owned stadiums (socialized stadiums) in order to have government provide state-sponsored sports entertainment.

The interest in reviving the Olympics grew when the ruins of ancient Olympia were uncovered by German archaeologists in the mid-19th century. Interest in the swastika / hakenkreuz grew when the ruins of ancient Troy were uncovered by German archaeologists in the mid-19th century.

Modern Olympic games use a straight-arm salute similar to the salute of the National Socialist German Workers' Party, and both were inspired by admiration for Greco-Roman civilization and the mistaken belief that the salute was from that source.

Modern Olympic games were revived in 1896 by an interest in militarism.

The maxim "Politicians who study history are doomed to repeat it" inspired the new field of study known as "anarchaeology."

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French nobleman, Pierre Frèdy, Baron de Coubertin searched for a reason for the French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871). He thought the reason was that the French had not received proper physical education, and sought to improve this. It is said that at the same time, Coubertin hoped that the world could compete in sports, rather than in war.

The irony in all of the above (especially for France) only grew in the years that followed through WWI and during the Olympic games in Berlin in 1936, and in WWII.

At the 1936 Olympic games in Germany the so called "Greco-Roman" salute caused controversy and reinforced the "Roman salute" myth. The controversy involved athletes who did not want to perform the Olympic salute upon entering the stadium because it would be misunderstood as a salute to Hitler, who was present.  

Among others, the French athletes gave the salute in 1936. A few years later the National Socialist German Workers' Party invaded France and occupied Paris.

Probably every article ever written about the "Olympic salute" was reviewed in research for this article.  In every article there was no author who knew that the straight-arm salute was the prevailing salute for the pledge of allegiance in the USA and had been since 1892, and there was no author who knew of the historic discovery (by the journalist Rex Curry) that the pledge of allegiance was the origin of the Olympic salute and the salute of the National Socialist German Workers' Party. 

Francis Bellamy created the pledge of allegiance and its straight-arm salute, misnamed the "Roman" salute. Bellamy admired ancient Rome and its militarism. He grew up in the city of Rome in New York, where he and his neighbors were known as “Romans.” He was educated in the Rome Academy there. To this very day, the school banner contains two fasces (axes through the middle of wood with binding).

The fasces actually was a symbol of government authority in ancient Rome.  The straight-arm salute was not.  The fasces is common symbolism on government coins and emblems still today.

Francis Bellamy was the cousin and cohort of  Edward Bellamy, author of the international bestseller "Looking Backward."  Both Bellamys admired ancient Rome, and its militarism and they promoted what they called "military socialism."  Edward Bellamy's book was translated into all major languages including Russian, Chinese and German. 

The rejection of liberty that the Bellamys inspired led to the socialist Wholecaust (of which the Holocaust was a part): 62 million killed in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; 35 million in the Peoples' Republic of China; 21 million in the National Socialist German Workers' Party.  

In the USA, the Bellamys promoted a government takeover of education to produce an "industrial army" (their term).  Because of the Bellamy dogma, segregation became institutionalized by government in its schools and racism was taught as official policy. During that time children in government-schools were required by law to salute the flag with the straight-armed salute in military formation daily on the ring of a government bell, like Pavlov’s lapdogs of the state. 

The bizarre practice in the USA served as an example for three decades before it was adopted by the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.  

News accounts indicate that the USA's athletes did not use the Olympic salute in 1936. Nevertheless, when Jesse Owens competed in the 1936 Olympics in Germany, his neighbors attended segregated government schools where they saluted the flag with the Nazi salute.  As under Nazism, Jehovah's Witnesses and others in the USA were persecuted for refusing to perform the straight-arm salute and robotically chant the pledge.   The U.S. practice of official racism and segregation in government schools even outlasted the horrid Nazi Party, into the 1960's and beyond.

Even though the pledge salute has changed, the Olympic salute still exists. The Olympic salute took place on March 13, 2004 in Washington, D.C., during a Hellenic Heritage Achievement and National Public Service Awards Presentation gala sponsored by the Washington-based American Hellenic Institute (AHI).  

The first evidence of the "Olympic salute" myth is in an Olympic poster from 1924 when the games were in Paris.

The 1924 poster shows semi-clothed athletes, a reminder of antiquity, making the Olympic salute. In the background, the flag of the French Republic. In the foreground, palm leaves, symbols of victory.

The next evidence is an Olympic poster for 1936 in Berlin.

Even today's government growth is inspired by admiration in the size and scope of Greco-Roman government.

Government buildings reflect neo-classical architecture inspired by Greco-Roman archaeology.


The 1936 poster features the Quadriga from the Brandenburg Gate, a landmark of the city of Berlin. In the background is the figure of a wreathed victor, his arm raised in the salute.

In the 1936 poster, the salute is not clear because only part of the arm is shown. There are disputes about whether the Olympic salute differed from the salute of the National Socialist German Workers' Party and the 1936 poster seems designed to obscure the issue, and it added to the debate.

No official poster was made for the first games, the 1896 Olympic Games, in Athens.  However, the cover page of the official report is often used to refer to the Games of the I Olympiad and has the inscription "776-1896."

The second modern Olympics were in Paris.

One claim holds that the Olympic salute was used at the 1912 Stockholm games, but no further evidence has been found yet.  If that is true then it would be more clear that the Olympic salute predated the Nazi salute and probably helped (with the pledge of allegiance and early films with innacurrate Roman scenes) to influence that adoption of the salute by the Nazi-Sozi.

The first Olympic Games were held in ancient Greece. The Games gradually lost in importance as the Romans gained power in Greece. When Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, the Olympic Games were seen as a "pagan" festival threatening Christian hegemony, and in 393 the emperor Theodosius outlawed the Olympics, ending a thousand year period of Olympic Games. After the modern Olympic revival they have been held every fourth year, with the exception of the years during the World Wars.


Aryan Rhapsody  By GEOFFREY WHEATCROFT  July 8, 2007 The New York Times
NAZI GAMES  The Olympics of 1936.  By David Clay Large. Illustrated. 401 pp. W. W. Norton & Company. $27.95.

In the autumn of 1945, a British tour by the Moscow Dynamos soccer team prompted George Orwell to remark that so far from furthering the brotherhood of man, “sport is an unfailing cause of ill will.” But then we already knew “from concrete examples (the 1936 Olympic Games, for instance) that international sporting contests lead to orgies of hatred.” This was a fine Orwellian flourish, but it wasn’t the whole story.

Since Baron Pierre de Coubertin began the modern Olympics (revival or invented tradition, according to taste), this quadrennial contest has been a problem, as well as a joy for athletes and fans. Over and again the words “sports must be kept free from politics” have been intoned; over and again, as David Clay Large shows in his informative and stimulating “Nazi Games,” the two have been inextricably mixed, never more so than at the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin.

Even when those very first Athens Olympics were being organized in 1896, Coubertin was warned that if Germans took part, the French would not, while the Turks, who weren’t invited to Athens, denounced the Games as a Greek plot. It was not a happy start, but it set the tone. In 1904, the St. Louis Olympics included excruciating “Anthropology Days,” when Asians, Africans and American Indians competed in “native games.”

Then, after London and Stockholm, the 1916 Olympics should have been held in Berlin (that’s one for Trivial Pursuit), but other events supervened. Holding the 1920 Games in Antwerp, one commentator said, was a conscious political decision “intended as a tribute of honor to the gallant Belgians, who had been the victims of unprovoked aggression five years before.” But in 1923, the German Gymnastics Festival ominously evoked a violent protest from the small but ferocious National Socialist Party, led by Adolf Hitler, against the participation of “Jews, Frenchmen and Americans.”

After the 1924 “Chariots of Fire” Olympics in Paris came Amsterdam in 1928 (when the American team was directed by Maj. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who saw the Games as “war without weapons”) and Los Angeles in 1932, when the Games turned a profit for the first time. The 1936 Olympics had been awarded to Berlin before then, which is to say before Hitler came to power. As soon as he did, Jews began to be expelled from German sports clubs, and the crescendo of persecution in Germany made it absurd to pretend that the coming Games would be a normal event.

A movement began to call for a boycott of the Berlin Games, but one man who rose to the occasion was the appalling Avery Brundage, well-nigh the chief villain of Large’s book. Brundage had competed in the pentathlon and decathlon at the 1912 Olympics before making a fortune in the notoriously corrupt Chicago construction business, and then becoming president of the American Olympic Committee. He was determined that the Berlin Olympics should go ahead, and protest — which he privately attributed to Jewish agitation — only hardened his resolve.

In fact, some prominent figures in the boycott movement were Irish-American or, in the case of Ernest Jahncke, German-American; Jahncke was a member of the International Olympic Committee, and he campaigned against the Berlin Games bravely but unsuccessfully. Various shabby maneuvers helped the Games go ahead: one American official said he had wanted to get “at least one Jew on the German Olympic team,” and when Helene Mayer was chosen as a fencer, he announced, “I feel that my job is finished.” In what he evidently thought was a good argument, Brundage pointed out that his own men’s club in Chicago did not admit Jews, and it was certainly true that anti-Semitism existed in America. But it was not the most egregious form of racism there: given the treatment of black Americans, not least athletes, with formal segregation and discrimination in the South and informal in the North, there was surely an element of hypocrisy in American indignation.

To Brundage’s delight, the Berlin Games did go ahead, even after Hitler reoccupied the Rhineland in March 1936 and the Spanish Civil War broke out in July. The American team was graced by Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals. Hitler snubbed all the black Americans, Owens included, by not greeting them, but Owens affected not to mind, and on his return home lamentably praised the Führer as a “man of dignity.”

What emerges from Large’s story is that the Berlin Olympics were less Orwell’s orgy of hatred than a propaganda coup. They were brilliantly stage-managed, in a way that showed Joseph Goebbels at his craftiest: as he said, “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.” Overt Jew-baiting was toned down for the duration, visitors were treated well, and at Goebbels’s insistence the German news media covered the Games in a sporting spirit.

As the scholar and diarist Victor Klemperer saw more clearly than Orwell, what all of this meant was that the Games were “an entirely political enterprise.” Most foreign competitors, spectators and reporters colluded, whether they knew it or not. It should be said that this newspaper does not come off well in Large’s account, with “the Times reporter Frederick T. Birchall often sounding like one of Goebbels’s hacks.”

In The New York Herald Tribune, J. P. Abramson was sharper-eyed, as he described the way the Olympics were being manipulated. That was echoed by The Manchester Guardian: the Games were a “Nazi Party rally disguised as a sporting event.” As if to confirm that, the gifted but odious Leni Riefenstahl directed “Olympia” as a companion piece to “Triumph of the Will,” her Nuremberg movie.

This is an unusually well-informed book, based on a thorough knowledge of the German sources as well as the American background. Large, a historian of modern Germany, has such a gripping and shocking story to tell that he really doesn’t need to adopt a breezy or slangy style, which is inapt for the subject. Some of his themes have remained all too topical. It transpired that a number of female athletes possessed secondary male sexual characteristics — and primary, for that matter. And although the steroids now beloved of cyclists and home-run hitters were yet to arrive, athletes dosed themselves with all manner of stimulants.

Despite everything, the Olympics survived Berlin, just about. Another nice Trivial Pursuit question is, Where would the 1940 Games have taken place? Even after the 1937 Japanese invasion of Manchuria, the wretched Brundage insisted that “the Olympic show must go on” — in Tokyo, the appointed city, although once again that was overtaken by events.

Before the war ended, 25 members of the 1936 Polish team had been killed in battle, or executed, or died in camps; a German wrestler had been hanged as a resister; and over three days in April 1945 the SS used the old site of the Games to shoot more than 200 “traitors,” many of them young boys. Needless to say, numerous German officials who had worked on the 1936 Games, and had enthusiastically assimilated sports to the Third Reich’s ends, got away with it and resumed their careers after the war.

Having earned nothing as an amateur runner, Owens was reduced to making money from degrading spectacles, sometimes alongside the equally great Joe Louis. He had opposed the Berlin boycott and lived to oppose the boycott of the Moscow Olympics in 1980, although this time the United States did withdraw.

And so to next year in Beijing, where large areas of the old town have been razed and cleansed of their inhabitants to make way for the Games. No doubt the Chinese government will suspend executions for a few weeks, and be able to say, “A beautiful day, a great day.” Those were Goebbels’s words after the opening ceremony in 1936. He added, “A victory for the German cause.” And that it sadly was, rather than for the elusive “Olympic spirit.”

- Geoffrey Wheatcroft

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The book "The German Greeting. History of a dire gesture" is by Tilman Allert. Originally in German, it is available in English as "The Hitler Salute: on the meaning of a Gesture." In the book Allert side-steps any serious discussion of the origin of the straight-arm gesture.

The book indicates that Allert is completely unaware of the fact that the United States used the stiff-arm salute in its Pledge of Allegiance, from 1892. Allert was completely unaware of the discoveries by the symbologist Dr. Rex Cury showing that the Pledge was the origin of the salute adopted later by the socialist Mussolini and by Hitler (head of the National Socialist German Workers Party).

It is possible that some day people will look back at all the books that covered the salute of the National Socialist German Workers Party and ask "How could so many educated people, doing so much research, have remained so completely unaware that the United States used the stiff-armed salute from 1892?"

Lyons & Pande sold The German Greeting by Tilman Allert to Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books.

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