This Day in Jewish History Gottschalk Family Commits Suicide Rather Than Let Nazis Split Them Apart

The Nazis ordered celebrated actor Joachim Gottschalk to divorce his Jewish wife, whose hand Goebbels had kissed. He refused.

On November 6, 1941, the German actor Joachim Gottschalk and his German-Jewish wife, Meta Wolff, killed themselves and their 8-year-old son, Michael, rather than have the family split up, with Meta and the half-Jewish Michael being sent to a concentration camp.