Tauba was born in Zamoscz, Poland near Lublin, in 1918. When Germany attacked the Soviet Union in June of 1941, Biterman’s family fled east across the Bug River into Russia and escaped the Nazis. Biterman, however, remained and survived by moving and doing labor for the Germans, first in a laundry, then cooking in a barracks for German bridge builders, then cooking in a hospital and finally cooking for a unit of the German army, as it moved south and west. Along her way, there were kind people who helped her stay alive. There were those who accused her of being a Jew. She lived by her wits and the fact that she “looked” German.