Herman Bornstein is the brother of Erna Bornstein. Their father, Gdalya Bornstein, had three additional children: Wolf Bornstein, Lipa Bornstein and Hila Bornstein. Herman Borstein left Poland in 1924 for Mandatory Palestine. From there he resettled in Belgium. In 1943 he was deported from Belgium to Auschwitz and was later deported again from Auschwitz to Buchenwald, where he was ultimately liberated by the Americans. He afterwards emigrated to Italy.