Johanna was born 22 July 1936, the first daughter of Julius and Hendruette ten Brink. She was called Hannie to distinguish her from her cousin Johanna (Joke) ten Brink, born eight months later on 13 March 1937. Hannie and Joke grew up in Denekamp, Netherlands, very close to each other. Hannie’s mother Hendruette ten Brink-Salomons was named Hennie. Hennie & Hannie.
Up to 2015 the family archive held two portrait pictures and a film clip showing Hannie. This ‘new’ picture, dating from 10 June 1938, was found in February 2015.