The year is 1940. A group of American schoolchildren stands in neat rows in their classroom. In front of them is an American flag. The teacher starts to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Nothing too out of the ordinary there, right? But, as their little mouths start moving, something disturbing happens. They enthusiastically extend their right arm towards the flag, palm down, Nazi-style.
“What the (expletive deleted)?” you think to yourself. Have you traveled through some kind of wormhole to another dimension where Nazi Germany and the US are allies?
No, you have not. This actually happened in every classroom in every state all across the US. It’s something that no one ever speaks of anymore. Most people don’t know about it. The dirty little secret quickly came to a halt in the early days of World War II.
Allow me to explain.