Growing up in the little town of Plock, Poland, Halina had precious few idyllic years before WWII changed everything. Two years into her high school curriculum, the Nazis invaded Poland, and her family made a hasty dash for Warsaw where Halina worked and fought in the Polish Underground Movement. There, she was able to attend underground classes conducted by intellectuals of all academic fields. Before the war ended, Halina had married a Polish resistance leader. Unfortunately, he was later killed by Nazis on a street in Warsaw.