After being defeated in the battle of Stalingrad, a group of top-ranking Nazi businessmen realized Germany would lose the war. Together with Nazi officials, they held a meeting at the Maison Rouge Hotel in Strasbourg on August 10, 1944, during which they elaborated contingency plans for Germany’s survival and a post-war Fourth Reich.
According to US Military Intelligence report EW-Pa 128, also known as the Red House Report, the outcome of the meeting was that the new regime would be focused on financial operations instead of military dominance. They would continue to fund an underground Nazi Party until it could reemerge. A huge amount of German assets were smuggled out of the country and into neutral or sympathetic countries, many of them located in South America. The end of the war meant death sentences or harsh punishment for the Nazi officials but the industrialists got away with little to no consequences.
There are several conspiracy theories that claim the Forth Reich is alive and kicking, masked as the European Union led by Germany.