Scholars are split on the Nazi state and Holocaust in the camp of Crazy Hitler-Himmler types made it happen or that it was an institutional issue where the bureaucracy was set up to one up each other and execute on what had been decades of ups and down in anti-semitic or anti-other feelings. Seems that run of the mill Germans like to use the Crazy Hitler excuse. That discounts decades of pogroms and other anti-semitic actions. That discounts the fact that Germans loved their Fuhrer up until he started losing. It also discounts how the German officers disagreed on strategy but no one mentioned surrender. It is self-serving lies on a national scale.
The other thing it avoids is mentioning that all Hitler did was take over a state that had a fully functioning and orderly bureaucracy, military and history of being led by a monarch. Like Stalin becoming the Red Tsar, Hitler became the People's Kaiser. Had the German leadership truly wanted to end the war, they could have talked Krupp and Speer into their camp. Krupp was the genius leader behind Krupp industries. Alfried Krupp was so valuable that despite overwhelming evidence, after the Anglo-Soviet split, the Americans found a way to release him from prison after three years and get the German economy moving again. Good thing he had a senile father to blame the worst of the war crimes on. Speer had turned the German war economy into an efficient machine despite Allied bombings. Peaceniks mention how Allied bombing did not reduce German economic output. True. What is also true is that Speer took over from Goering the industrial organization of the economy and made everything more efficient. Goering was an idiot who spent more time comparing blues for his dress uniforms than looking at getting iron in the air. In some instances, Speer's changes were as simple as having multiple shifts at a factory. Krupp and Speer both wondered why the Allies never concentrated bombing strategies and seemed to bomb in odd, scattered patterns. Targeted bombings at critical points could have ended their manufacturing in a heartbeat. Likewise, had the German leadership involved in the July 20th plot to kill Hitler just talked Krupp and Speer into their camp, the war would've been over immediately.
We will still hear German claims of "shucks our leadership fooled us". Their speeches were out in the open. They had millions of supporters and millions of mitlaufers. To paraphrase what Speer wrote, at a certain point you don't even have to write speeches because you know exactly what the audience wants because what you are saying is not what you are thinking or believe but what they think and believe and want to hear. World War Two was really resolving who would be the dominant 20th century European model to impose on the world: British parliamentarian politics or German autocracy. Germans wanted their system to win. They can blame Hitler, but another autocrat would have taken his place had he died in World War One. The fortunate thing for Germans is they have the biggest of boogeymen to blame everything on. In a world with a decreasing number of people willing to look deeper, this provides the Germans with a renewable cover story.