Halina was born in Krakow, Poland in 1928, the only child to Ignacy and Louisa Neuberg. Her family was completely assimilated into the Polish community. Being friendly with Polish people, they were able to secure false Catholic-Polish papers and her true identity was concealed. The family left Krakow for Warsaw to minimize the risk of being recognized. To further diminish their chance of being discovered, her father lived in another part of the Warsaw. This enabled Halina to work for the German Army until liberation. After arriving in Melbourne, Australia in 1948 with her parents, Halina completed a hairdressing course. Halina now talks regularly to students at the Holocaust Centre.