I'm fully aware of that... But the population allowing power to be held by an authoritarian government during the Wiemar Republic was the Socialist movement that called for greater Union participation, Socialized medicine, and assorted Social Programs that was fed to the public under the guise of National Socialism.. Which is basically Fascism allowing him the power to quickly become a totalitarian ruler.. But make no Mistake, He was a Socialist..<quoted text>
First German Reich had been the Holy Roman Empire which was largely German.
The second Reich had been the German Empire which was established when Prussia brought all the other German principalities under her sway in the 19th century. It was abolished in favor of a republic after the First World War.
When Hitler put an end to that republic, he felt he was returning Germany to the imperial position which was hers by right, hence it was the third Reich.
Gregor Strasser, National Socialist theologian, said:
We National Socialists are enemies, deadly enemies, of the present capitalist system with its exploitation of the economically weak … and we are resolved under all circumstances to destroy this system.
Von Mises in his Human Action said:
There are two patterns for the realization of socialism. The first pattern (we may call it the Lenin or Russian pattern).... the second pattern (we may call it the Hindenburg or German Pattern) nominally and seemingly preserves private ownership of the means of production and keeps the appearance of ordinary markets, prices, wages, and interest rates. There are, however, no longer entrepreneurs, but only shop managers … bound to obey unconditionally the orders issued by government.