Hans Goebbels, the son of Fritz Goebbels and Katharina Odenhausen, was born in Rheydt, Germany, in 1895. His father was a bookkeeper at the United Wick Factories. He was the older brother of Joseph Goebbels. When he was a teenager, he began a relationship with Maria Liffers. Joseph wrote her passionate letters that were found by Maria's parents. They visited the Goebbels home and told the family what had happened. This resulted in Hans threatening to cut his throat with a razor.