Herb Brin's parents were Jewish imigrants from Poland and Russia.
Herb Brin was born on February 17, 1915, in Chicago's Northwest Side to a poor family of Jewish immigrants from Poland and Russia. His father is Solomon Brin, his mother is Pia Fannie Brin. Herber's childhood was extremely difficult. When he walked to school through a gauntlet of anti-Semitic neighborhoods where signs posted on windows read "No Jews and Dogs Allowed" he encountered a gang of Polish immigrant toughs who left him with a six-inch scar on his leg and the abiding hatred of anti-Semitism.