Spanish village to change 'Jew Killer' name

The village of Castrillo Matajudíos, which means Castrillo 'Jew Killer' in English, was once the site of two Jewish massacres in 1035 and 1109.

Spanish village to change 'Jew Killer' name

World Bulletin / News Desk

A community in northern Spain is set to vote the change the name of their village after the local mayor complained that the current name represented a 'dark past'.

The village of Castrillo Matajudíos, which means Castrillo 'Jew Killer' in English, was once the site of two Jewish massacres in 1035 and 1109, as Catholic European invaders marched southwards against the Muslim empire of Andalus.

"The majority decision will be respected, even if it is only by one vote," village mayor Lorenzo Rodríguez told El Diario de Burgos.

According to The Local, the village of 60 residents is planning to revert the village name back to its former name of Castrillo Mota de Judíos, meaning 'Castrillo Jews’ Hill'.

Spain recently announced it would grant citizenship to the descendents of the Sephardic Jews who were exiled from the Iberian peninsula during the Spanish Inquisition in 1492. 

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