Jean Chapnick was born in Chrzanow, Southern Poland during the early 1920's. She spent her childhood years both in that city and Mszana Dolna.
During the Nazi invasion of Poland, Jean Chapnick's family was able to escape to Torchin, Eastern Poland, then on the occupied Soviet side.
It was in Poland that she survived what is currently described by Father Patrick Desbois of Yahad In Unum as "The Holocaust by Bullets." She survived two Aktions, posed as a non-Jew and is one of 14 survivors in a shtetl that was home to 3,000 Jews.
A mother, grandmother and a great-grandmother to many, over the years, Jean Chapnick addressed school groups, spoke at various Yom HaShoah Commemorations and served as a Witness-Survivor on March of the Living.