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.
The Watchtower Society's opposition to National Socialism was made known before Hitler was granted dictatorial powers.
The Golden Age and Consolation magazines often drew attention to the militaristic stirrings in Germany. In 1929, more than three years before Hitler came to power, the German edition of The Golden Age boldly stated: “National Socialism is . . . a movement that is acting . . . directly in the service of man’s enemy, the Devil.”
There's several indicators that Adolf Hitler and his henchmen (men that served directly under Hitler and Himmler in the Schutzstaffel (protection squadron)) were wired into the occult prior to becoming a political party.
“Old insults” was not the foundation of Nazism. Amongst other things, the Third Reich was on a deadly quest for "human perfection."
From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany carried out a campaign to "cleanse" German society of individuals viewed as biological threats to the nation's "health." Enlisting the help of physicians and medically trained geneticists, psychiatrists, and anthropologists, the Nazis developed racial health policies that began with the mass sterilization of "genetically diseased" persons and ended with the near annihilation of European Jewry.
Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race inspires reflection on the continuing attraction of biological utopias that promote the possibility of human perfection.
Nazism: biological racism, political extremism (fascism) is not ingenious with anything published by Jehovah's Witnesses now or early in the twentieth century. They were non-political.
The letter to the Third Reich was nothing other than what was stated by the United States holocaust museum.
Initially, leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses sought to find a way to work with the Nazi government.
If they're so wrong, maybe you should e-mail them and explain things. I'm sure they'll yank the whole article and dishonor the memories of martyrs just like you and your cronies do.