Could the Harvard rallying cry "Rinehart" be the origin of the "Heil Hitler" chant and related to the American origin of the stiff-armed Nazi salute?
A connection might exist through the influence of Harvard grad Ernst Hanfstaengl. Hanfstaengl was a close associate of Hitler. Hanfstaengl had attended school in the United States during the time when the United States used the stiff-arm salute in the Pledge of Allegiance and elsewhere. http://rexcurry.net/pledge-allegiance-pledge-allegiance2.jpg
The stiff-arm salute originated from the Pledge of Allegiance, which was written in 1892. It was the source of the salute adopted later by the National Socialist German Workers Party, as shown in the work of the symbologist Dr. Rex Curry (author of "Pledge of Allegiance Secrets"). http://rexcurry.net/book1a1contents-pledge.html
Hanfstaengl created the infamous "Heil Hitler" chant, he spread America's straight-arm salute in Germany, and he taught the German National Socialist leader to use swastika-style symbolism in signatures. http://rexcurry.net/swastika-hanfstaengl.html
A youtube video explains more http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BssWWZ3XEe4
The Harvard rallying cry "Rinehart!" is mentioned in the 1939 movie "The Great Man Votes" starring John Barrymore.
The movie shows how the "Rinehart" cry spread through American popular culture.
Also, the song "Harvard Blues," written by Harvard graduate George Frazer and recorded by Count Basie (1941), includes the line, "Rinehart, Rinehart, I am a most indifferent guy . . ."
According to a Harvard magazine article, Basie was charmed by the second stage of the Rinehart legend: "In his 1984 biography of Frazier, 'Another Man's Poison,' Charles Fountain reports that in 1941 Frazier regaled his friend Basie with a sadsack version of the legend: 'Rinehart was a friendless young Harvard who tried to present the illusion that he was in truth a popular sort by standing under his dormitory window and hailing himself,' wrote Fountain. 'Every other November, on the eve or the morning of the Harvard-Yale game, part of the atmosphere in the lobby of the Taft Hotel in New Haven was the faithful and incessant paging of Mr. Rinehart—'Call for Mr. Rinehart! Call for Mr. Rinehart!'— with never a Mr. Rinehart to answer.' "
The legend presents some amusing parallels to Adolf Hitler (and Ernst Hanfstaengl).
According to an article by David Winter in the Journal of Personality,by the 1930s, the cry of "Rinehart!" often signaled the beginning of a college riot. The song was popular and became a regular part of the shows Basie gave on college campuses. It enjoyed some critical acclaim, the New York Times's jazz critic calling it one of the "greatest of all blues lyrics."
According to the article by David Winter the custom seems to have died out after World War II. Hmmm, 'wonder why?
More videos and images are at http://rexcurry.net/pledge_of_allegiance_videos_images.html