Re: Potato Latkes...are you Litvak or Galitizianer? #galicia #lithuania


Judith Singer
 

There is such a thing as the "Gefilte Fish Line" (referred to above) which roughly divides Galitzianers (who generally preferred their foods, such as gefilte fish, sweet) from Litvaks (who preferred their gefilte fish and other foods savory). The line corresponds also to the the boundary between the two main Yiddish dialects — the central Polish/Galician (Poylish/Galitzianer), and the more northern Lithuanian (Litvak). There are articles about this; one is at https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/09/24/351185646/the-gefilte-fish-line-a-sweet-and-salty-history-of-jewish-identity . 

Someone above also asked whether ancestors from Minsk rendered her as a Litvak or a Galitzianer. I didn't see an answer, so I'll add that, roughtly speaking, ancestors from Lithuania and most of Belarus (historically part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania) were Litvaks. 

Judith Singer 

 

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