A new film is based on the Todd Strasser book entitled "The Wave." The film is "Die Welle" by Dennis Gansel is described with the slogan "From an American Classroom to the German Screen!" The film shows no understanding of how true that slogan is.
There is also another film version of the story entitled "The Wave" directed by Alexander Grasshoff for television in 1981. Both films are based on the book by Todd Strasser (under the pen name Morton Rhue). The book is based on a true incident that occured in a high school history class in Palo Alto, California, in 1969.
By the year 1969, most people had forgotten, or not experienced, what had happened 27 years before (in 1942 Congress began its effort to change America's stiff-arm salute, which originated in 1892, and became the origin of the salute adopted later by the National Socialist German Workers' Party).
Dennis Gansel, Alexander Grasshoff and Todd Strasser have knowledge of 1969, but they do not seem to know about American history that began when Francis Bellamy, a self-proclaimed national socialist, wrote the Pledge of Allegiance (in 1892), the origin of the straight-arm salute and robotic chanting to flags in government schools (socialist schools). That history has been exposed by the distinguished historian Dr. Rex Curry (author of "Pledge of Allegiance Secrets").
In Strasser's book the powerful forces of group pressure that pervaded many historic movements such as German National Socialism (Nazism) are recreated in the classroom when history teacher Burt Ross introduces a "new" system to his students.
Before long "The Wave," with its rules of "strength through discipline, community, and action," sweeps from the classroom throughout the entire school. As most of the students join the movement, Laurie Saunders and David Collins recognize the frightening momentum of "The Wave" and realize they must stop it before it's too late.
In reality they were too late.
It spread throughout the entire school and it kept going. Bellamy's mechanical socialism spread nationwide, and then worldwide. It remains here today.
The Tampa Tribune Newspaper and its writers, Daniel Ruth and Elaine Silvestrini, were exposed and defeated in recent public debate challenges about the topics above.