- Category : 1903-births
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Split - Small (27,34,35,54)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Laws 2
German Communist and a resistance fighter against the National Socialist (Nazi) régime. From 1929-1932, he led the Revolutionary Trade Union Opposition (Revolutionäre Gewerkschafts-Opposition; RGO) in the KPD Ruhr district and became in 1932 political leader of the KPD's Wasserkante district in Hamburg.
In April 1944, the Social Democrat Adolf Reichwein made contact with Saefkow with a view to involve him with the KPD group in the 20 July Plot which sought to assassinate or otherwise overthrow Adolf Hitler. It eventually took the form of the well-known 20 July bomb attack on the Führer at the latter's HQ, the Wolf's Lair in East Prussia. It famously failed with dire consequences for the plotters.
In July 1944, Saefkow was arrested, sentenced to death by the "People's Court" Volksgerichtshof on 5 September and executed on 18 September by guillotine at Brandenburg-Görden Prison in Brandenburg an der Havel.