No doubt that Rutherford presented one side to the US and another to the German authorities, a proud tradition of the WT that continues to this day.
That is why you pull quotes from newer Awakes that make Rutherford look like he was all against the Nazis from the start, quotes that imply a total opposition that is at odds with the letter to Hitler and the Declaration of Facts.
He was trying to kiss up to Hitler, and threw the Jews under the bus in the process; he calls them out by name and repeats the old insults about the business Jew, the Jew banker.
Yes, it was not far under the surface of many christian religions of the day, but of course the WT is the TRUTH, the WAY; it should have known better and the revisionists at Bethel have misled the rank and file on this one; they made us all think that the WT was totally righteous during the Nazi run up to power.
The letters to German authorities and the Declaration of Facts speak for themselves, Prime; if they don't convince you that Rutherford tried to cozy up to Hitler nothing I can say will change your mind; if the anti-semitic references in his writing aren't obvious to you, nothing more to be said.
Rutherford didn't look the other way in response to the holocaust and neither did JWs that withstood the same physical force exacted on the Jews.
Actually he did, as much as other churches of the day. No letters of protest, no public denunciation (unless you have something for us?).
The JW's were persecuted, though it is gross exaggeration to compare the numbers or extent of persecution to that of the Jews at the hands of the Nazis.
What does WT do, keep a low profile about their embarrassing lack of leadership?
" "Did Hitler receive letters of protest from church officials concerning the outrages perpetrated by the National Socialists, or Nazis? There were some, but such letters were few and far between. In the Moscow archives, however, Eberle found a file containing a number of letters sent to Hitler by Jehovah's Witnesses from different parts of Germany, protesting against the conduct of the Nazis." Watchtower 2011 Oct 1 p.14"
Where are the letters from WT headquarters, signed by Rutherford? Where are the letters from Watchtower 'officials'?
Nowhere, that's where.
Rutherford was an embarrassment of a leader; he allowed the publication of the Golden Age to continue for years, with articles condemning doctors, vaccinations, germ theory (!), the list goes on and on.
“By clever and persevering use of propaganda even heaven can be represented as hell to the people, and conversely the most wretched life as paradise.”—ADOLF HITLER, MEIN KAMPF
Right back at ya.
The quotation you started with is reputed to be from the talk at the DC; it states that apostates instigated the false rumor that the WT supported the Nazis; the reality is more nuanced than that, nuance being something WT does not do. Evasion yes, nuance no.
The 'apostates' merely have printed the Declaration of Facts, and the letter to Hitler; those documents speak for themselves.
Apparently printing WT quotes and historical documents makes one apostate.