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Lucky in love
WORDS JACKIE MEYERS MAIN IMAGES CORINNE DANY
They've been passengers on a ship that sank in the Indian Ocean,
suffered extensive injuries in a train crash and battled various
illnesses, but Karl and Inge Kroeger consider themselves the "luckiest
They agree they are lucky to have survived many ordeals and even more
lucky to have found each other.
Mr and Mrs Kroeger, both 80, celebrated the 62nd wedding anniversary
on December 17.
They both agree it was a perfect match, but many others never thought it
"The challenges we have faced in our married life have only made us
grow closer," Inge said.
And those challenges began even before their wedding day.
They were sweethearts for about two years, but new almost immediately
that they had met that "special someone".
They both wanted to get married one day, but, according to German law,
that could not happen without parental permission until they were both 21.
Even when Inge learned she was pregnant at 18 the young couple could
not secure family permission.
Karl said it was 1948 and a child born out of wedlock was "simply not
"If a baby was born before the parents married the father had to actually
adopt his own child," he said.
Running short of time before Inge's due date on Christmas day the couple
took their case to court to secure a judges approval for them to wed.
With approval in hand they married almost immediately in their home on
the morning of December 17.
The couple's first child, Gisela was born shortly after midday on the same
day, a week before her expected arrival.
Karl and Inge had three more children in Germany before deciding to
migrate to Australia.
"It was difficult to find accommodation in Germany if you had a large
family and Australia was promoting how family friendly it was," Karl said.
"We decided to make the move with our young family, packed up all we
owned and boarded a ship to Australia."
Our parents and many others said
our marriage wouldn't last a year,
but we proved them all wrong.
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