What does the Yiddish word 'Galitsiana' mean?
== == 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
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".