Born in Krakow, Poland in 1932, Halina Yasharoff-Peabody survived World War II with her mother and sister, posing as Catholics using false papers. At the age of 12, she was wounded by bomb shrapnel losing part of her hand. After the war, her family immigrated to England. Halina found it difficult to fit into her new life. She discovered table tennis and it became outlet to heal the pain of war. She participated in the 1953 and 1957 Maccabiah Games in Israel, representing England. In 1968, Halina emigrated to the United States. In 1975, she won the Montgomery County mixed doubles and ladies titles. Halina has been volunteering at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum speaking about the Holocaust. She has two sons and two granddaughters.