He was a forester and studied law too. he Worked in forest Dept of Reich as a senior officer. And in 1937 on his own left the service as the Nazi ways were different from his opinions. He also worked as a court Chamberlain for a former. Royal family In Germany. He was drafted into army and he distinguished himself as a battalion leader of a sub regiment of an Infantry regiment.He joined Nazi resistance and was associated with Claus stauffenburg, Fabian Von schlabredorf and he was arrested in March 1945 after the failure if the 20 July plot. He jumped down from the widow of third floor of in house prison of Gestapo and died. He did not want to betray his associates under torture.