I just straight up ask people “Are you a Holocaust denier? Because the “Hitler was a leftist” thing is huge with Holocaust deniers. I’m just asking.”
Shockingly, a lot of the are Holocaust deniers.
And in those early days, the Nazis did have a bit of a socialist populism. Party members got better jobs, benefits etc. But it was whites only socialism while millions of Jews were being stripped of their citizenship. By the late 1930s everyone was feeling the squeeze and even the party members were becoming slave labor.
And there was a socialist wing of the Nazi party and a Socialist wing of the Nazi party, but the last of them were killed in the Night of the Long Knives in 1935. That was when Hitler killed the “socialists,” including the Strassers. None of the Nazi “socialism” had anything to do with the Nazi party that went into WW2, because that was over by 1936.
It would be far more accurate to call the Nazis a Christian nationalist party. Hitler pandered heavily to Protestant and Catholic clergy. He took power via The Enabling Acts in a deal he cut to get parliamentary votes from the (Catholic) Center Party. As soon as he took power, the Center Party leader (a priest) went to Rome to negotiate the notorious Concordance treaty between the Vatican and the Nazis… Note also that Fascist countries in WW2 (Spain, Italy, various balkan countries) were officially catholic. The common people wanted bans on pornography and the intermarriage of Jews and Christians. Intermarriage was outlawed by the Nuremberg Laws.
The Nazis took power with a Christian coalition that wanted to save the Fatherland from the chaos of immigration and sexual anarchy while preserving the sanctity of marriage.