She was a half Jew as her father was a Jew while mother was a Christian . She married staunch communist and sculptor Kurt Scumacher. She became member of resistance group and was associated with Harro Schulze Boysen and Libertas. She was active in distributing anti Nazi pamphlets and hand bills. She took the help of Albert Hoessler who lived in Soviet Union since thirties. He parachuted into Germany to help the group to send radio messages. When one of the message was decoded by German intelligence Gestapo was after the activists. She was arrested from her flat on 12 Sept 1942 and tried on 19 Dec 1942. She was executed by beheading on 22 Dec 1942 . her husband was hanged 45 minutes earlier at Plotzensee prison.