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What does the Yiddish word 'Galitsiana' mean?

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2008-04-24 22:05:08

== == The word is Galitzianer, and it refers to a Jew from the

south-eastern region of the Eastern-European Yiddish speaking

world. It implies that a person speaks Yiddish with a certain

dialect, and there are cultural differences as well. The "opposite"

is a Litvak, a Jew from the north-eastern areas such as

Lithuania.

The name originated as the Yiddish term referring to someone

from Galicia, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in modern-day

Poland and Ukraine. As opposed to the Litvaks of Belarus,

north-eastern Poland and Lithuania, Galitsyaners spoke a separate

dialect of Yiddish. Eventually, the term referred to anyone who

spoke a similar dialect, broadening the term to mean, basically,

"anyone who isn't a Litvak".


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