Not making any excuses for pre war Germany here (and with German heritage I'm doubly mindful not to) but when one looks at Nazism one needs to put the German people's adoption of it in context.
A devastating defeat in war followed by a complete collapse of the economy, runaway inflation, armed gangs of ex soldiers roaming the streets having wars between Nationalists and Communists and a depression that makes the Dirty Thirties in the US look like a day in the park.
The Nazis ran on a revival of German pride, a booming economy, social stability and almost full employment. (Kinda a cross between the "New Deal" and "Make Germany Great Again"). The anti-Jewish rhetoric at first was nothing different than you would see in most European countries and North America at the time. Remember that this is the same period of time when the KKK had re surged in the US with over 4 million members to the point where they had a massive parade down Pennsylvania Ave in Washington.
The degree of anti-Jewish violence and number of deaths, prior to 1939, was probably significantly less than the various pogroms in Russia. After 1939, of course, everything went to hell in a hand basket. It should be noteworthy that the Nazi regime was somewhat unprepared for how to deal with the "Jewish Question" at the time of and after the Kristallnacht riots particularly when the capture of Poland brought another 2 million Jews under their control. Remember too that at this time the regime was also just starting to deal with the euthanasia of over 100,000 "mentally defectives" and the sterilization of close to another 3-400,000. Involuntary sterilization was equally in vogue in North America and other European countries but never to the cleansing of undesirables that descended on Germany around this time.
I guess that is to say that I think the whole Nazi cult thing is more in the nature of the boiling frog experiment. You know the one: put a frog into boiling water and it jumps out; put him in warm water and heat it to boiling and the frog will stay put until it boils to death. My view of the average Nazi-era Germans is like that second frog. The Nazis brought Germany back from the brink of disaster after WW1 and did things before 1939 that were not noticeably outrageous by the general public. By then they were used to the system and even enthusiastic with some of the early steps: Anschluss with Austria, retaking Alsace-Lorraine, the Sudetenland etc. By then, they were in for a penny, in for a pound and couldn't extract themselves even as things deteriorated around them.
I know this will arouse fury in some of the members here but I see a lot of similarities between the later stages of the Weimar Republic and now in the US. Deeply divided political factions, entities with long grievances, paramilitary organizations in the streets, and a cult figure for some wearing a red hat and driving deeper wedges into the society. The only difference then was you had real fascists on the right and real communists on the left instead of the make-believe ones these days and they had bolt action rifles instead of AR-15s (maybe the odd Maxim machine gun).
So who's in the running for your #1 cult?