Maly Kohn was born in Libau, Latvia on 15 November 1914. She had three sisters and one brother. She was the first Jewish woman to graduate from the Latvain Teachers College and taught in a Jewish Primary School in Riga until the war. She wrote, "I lost many members of my family and friends. I lost my home, my belongings and my name. I became a number. I was beaten, starved, and worked to the bone. I never lost my belief in humanity and my will to survive." She also stressed the importance of listening to survivors' stories so we never forget what happened. It is up to the younger generation to move on, to heal and not to hate.