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Servant of God Joseph Müller - September 11

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.Joseph Müller(19 August 1894 – 11 September 1944) was a GermanCatholicpriest and critic of theNaziregime. He was tried by the "People's Court" and executed atBrandenburg-Görden Prison.Müller was …More
.Joseph Müller(19 August 1894 – 11 September 1944) was a GermanCatholicpriest and critic of theNaziregime. He was tried by the "People's Court" and executed atBrandenburg-Görden Prison.Müller was born inSalmünster,Hesse, the youngest of seven children of the localcantorand teacher Damien Müller and his wife Augusta. After obtaining hisAbiturdegree, he served as a volunteer inWorld War I, interrupted by a serious injury. After the war he resolved to become a preacher; two of his brothers also were ordained Catholic priests. He went on to study theology at theUniversity of Münsterand proceeded with his brother Oskar totheDiocese of Hildesheim. Both attended the Hildesheimseminaryfrom 1921 and received theholy ordersfrom Bishop Joseph Ernst in the following year.Joseph Müller began his ecclesiastical career as achaplaininDuderstadt. In 1924 he joined theFranciscanconvent atFulda, but later continued to work as chaplain inGehrden,Hannoversch Münden,Celle, andWolfenbüttel. In 1931 he was installed as a priest inBad Lauterberg. From 1934 he served asa priest inSüpplingen, from October 1937
inHeiningen. Due to his deteriorated health, he served in the small Catholic parish ofGroß Düngenfrom 1 August 1943 onwards.Though of frail physical condition, Müller was known as an inspiring orator, speaking frankly to his congregation. He was devoted to spiritual guidance, especially of young workers according to the teachings ofAdolph Kolping. After theNaziseizure of powerin 1933, his youth work had to cope with increasing repressions by the government authorities and his activities were monitored by theGestapo.According to the 2007 documentaryLaughing with Hitler, Müller was arrested after repeating a political joke about a wounded soldier on his deathbed, who asked to see the people for whomhe was laying down his life. The nurse laid a portrait ofHitleron his one side, and a portrait ofGöringon the other. Then, he gasped: "Now I can die like Jesus Christ." Müller was interrogatedand temporarily taken into custody on 6 September 1943 under charges of comparing Hitler and Göring with the two criminals crucified alongside Jesus Christ.Although Müller was temporarily released, local Nazi officials re-arrested him on 15 May 1944 and he was deported to theMoabitremand prison inBerlin. Though he was interrogated by
any methods at disposal, he did not reveal who told him the joke. He was brought to the "People's Court" and sentenced to death forWehrkraftzersetzungby judgeRoland Freislerin ashow trialon 28 July 1944. Joseph Müller was executed byguillotinein Brandenburg-Görden Prison on September 11. After his death, Freisler would send Müller's family a bill for his execution.Since the end of World War II, each year on the anniversary of Müller's death, a bell is tolled at his former parish church in the village of Groß Düngen. His ashes were transferred to the local cemetery in November 1945.On May 2016, theRoman Catholic Diocese of Hildesheim opened his cause ofmartyrdom, earning him the titleServant of God.
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Müller was arrested after repeating a political joke about a wounded soldier on his deathbed, who asked to see the people for whom he was laying down his life. The nurse laid a portrait of Hitler on his one side, and a portrait of Göringon the other. Then, he gasped: "Now I can die like Jesus Christ."