Righteous Among the Nations: Music Without Borders

  • Gitl Eisner
  • Gretta Hunstiger
  • Marty Lewis-Hunstiger
Keywords: Holocaust, Righteous Among the Nations, Garden of the Righteous, Yiddish language, Yiddish music, Klezmer, Médecins Sans Frontières, Doctors without Borders, Yad Vashem


The Garden of the Righteous, a program presented by Naye Strunes, a Minneapolis-based Yiddish music ensemble, weaves together original Yiddish music and stories of fearless individuals from among the thousands of non-Jews who risked their lives to save innocent people during the Holocaust. The program gives audience members an opportunity to reflect on the extent of courage and compassion during dark times. All proceeds are given to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders), a contemporary humanitarian organization that provides medical assistance to populations experiencing crises. This article explores the concept of righteousness among the nations, particularly in the context of partnership scholarship; the history and present-day renaissance of Yiddish language, music, and culture; and Médecins Sans Frontières as a contemporary example of living courageously.

How to Cite
Eisner, G., Hunstiger, G., & Lewis-Hunstiger, M. (2019). Righteous Among the Nations: Music Without Borders. Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, 6(1), Article 5. https://doi.org/10.24926/ijps.v6i1.1988
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