The vast majority of Nazis melted back into the general population. For those seeking public exoneration there was a program called, ';DENAZIFICATION,' essentially a very public AA Metting one went, apologized, pledged to be free of Nazi ideology, and were accepted back into the communitty. Germans will get violently upset and claim, 'gee, we we're'nt Nazis, we just had to obey those bad people,' but the truth is the majority of Germans were Nazis! After World War Two, a former Nazi had a better chance at finding a job than Non-Nazis who were seen as betrayers.
I forget the title, but one movie showed it best; Two men passing by on the street, regular business suits, but in passing one flips up the edge of his suit lapel revealing a NAZI party badge, a smile a wink the men pass on by... Old Nazis rarely died, they just became good 'repetent' Germans.
One of the best sources of info would be the novels of GUNTHER GRASS (The Tin Drum, especially DOG YEARS).....
""""The Allies did not seek merely to punish the leadership of the National Socialist regime, but to purge all elements of national socialism from public life. One phase of the denazification process dealt with lower-level personnel connected with the Nazi regime. Their pasts were reviewed to determine if the parts they had played in the regime were sufficiently grievous to warrant their exclusion from roles in a new Germany's politics or government. Germans with experience in government and not involved in the Nazi regime were needed to cooperate with occupation authorities in the administration of the zones.
The process of denazification was carried out diversely in the various zones. The most elaborate procedures were instituted in the United States zone, where investigated individuals were required to complete highly detailed questionnaires concerning their personal histories and to appear at hearings before panels of German adjudicators. In the British and French zones, denazification was pursued with less vigor because the authorities thought it more important to reestablish a functioning bureaucracy in their sectors.
Denazification was most rigorous in the Soviet sector. Civil servants, teachers, and legal officials with significant Nazi pasts were thoroughly purged. Denazification was also used as an instrument for seizing the resources of the so-called "class enemy": former Nazis who owned factories or estates were denounced and their property confiscated. After participating in the social transformation, some former Nazis were pardoned and even gained high positions within the new communist ruling class.
The denazification process mandated that simpler cases involving lesser offenders be tried before more complicated cases involving officials higher up in the Nazi regime. With time, however, prosecution became less severe, and the United States came to be more concerned with the Cold War. When denazification ended in March 1948, the more serious cases had not yet been tried. As a result, numerous former Nazi functionaries escaped justice, much to the regret of many Germans.""