Eduard Müller, who was born into a child-rich and poor family in Neumünster in 1911, had a difficult path to become a priest. First, he apprenticed as a carpenter. “For a long time I believed that my wish to become a priest could not be realised because of the financial circumstances of our family,” Müller later wrote.
He took the path to the Abitur in second-chance education. The school fees and housing allowances were raised by people from Eduard’s home parish in Neumünster who wanted to support him. This was often just barely enough, and the hardworking student suffered greatly from his poverty. Yet his clear objective did not cause him to despair.