By ALEX CRAIG
POST-World War II migrant and Tawonga South identity Herbie Krombach died recently.
The 86-year-old had lived to the full, enjoying travel and the company of family and friends until late ill-health.
He was born Herbert Karl Adolf Krombach in Weilmünster, in the Germany western state of Hesse, in 1931, and grew up during the difficult war years when all his efforts were aimed towards getting out and making a better life for himself.
He resisted family efforts to start in the family blacksmithing business and at 15 he became a chef’s apprentice and was taken on by German railways.
This gave him access to the North Sea harbour towns, where he put the second part of his plan into action by finding work as a chef in the merchant navy.
In this job he travelled the world looking for the perfect place to live, but before heading off he had met and married Ella, the daughter of a fellow