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The “Order of the Red Star” awarded to Benjamin Cherny for extraordinary valor in defense of the Soviet Union The “Order of the Red Star” awarded to Benjamin Cherny for extraordinary valor in defense of the Soviet Union
Binyamin Cherny during the war Binyamin Cherny during the war

Binyamin Cherny was born in Berezino, near Minsk, capital of Belarus.

When World War II broke out, he was drafted into the Red Army and made an officer, thanks to his Economics and Mathematics degrees. A company commander, he was wounded in the Stalingrad battles in January 1943. Cherny was awarded several medals and badges of honor in recognition of his courage during the war period.

After the war, Binyamin Cherny married and had two children. He immigrated to Israel in 1990, and passed away some five years later.

The Order of the Red Star is awarded for extraordinary valor in defense of the Soviet Union. It was donated to Yad Vashem by his daughter Alla, and husband Alex Goldman, who immigrated to Israel in 1973.

Yad Vashem Artifacts Collection
Gift of Alla & Alex Goldman

Binyamin Cherny’s family before the war Binyamin Cherny’s family before the war

The Guardia Medal - in recognition of outstanding performance in the Guardia of the Soviet Union The Guardia Medal - in recognition of outstanding performance in the Guardia of the Soviet Union

Medal of Valor in Battle awarded to Binyamin Cherny for his actions during “The Great Patriotic War” (WWII) Medal of Valor in Battle awarded to Binyamin Cherny for his actions during “The Great Patriotic War” (WWII)

Binyamin Cherny in the 1970s Binyamin Cherny in the 1970s