He was a an estate owner and an officer in German govt. He was a district administrator till 1922. When his father died. he shifted to his home town to take care of his estate. He served in military till 1943 as a battalion commander till 1943. He was associated with the anti Nazi resistance activities and came in contact with Goerdler . He was to become political commissioner to the district XX If the plan of eliminating Hitler succeeded. After failure of 20 July plot , he was arrested and tried by peoples court. He was later executed.