By Euro Weekly News Media • 27 May 2014 • 8:11
Denise Dowse, US actress, sadly lost a battle with a virulent form of meningitis days after going into a coma. Image: Denise Dowse/Instagram
The village of Castrillo Matajudios (which translates as ‘Kill Jews’) voted on Sunday in favour of changing its name. The residents have now decided to do-away with the offensive name.
The name is a vestige of Roman Catholic religious persecution from over 400 years ago.
The town’s mayor, Lorenzo Rodriguez, has led the campaign to re-christen the village.
The story – which has been covered all over the world – has thrust its 56 mostly elderly inhabitants into the media spotlight in recent weeks, with the controversial name sparking global headlines.
Castrillo Matajudios villagers cast their ballots at the same time as EU-wide elections for representatives in the European parliament wee taking place.
Reportedly, a majority (some 29 people) backed the new name of Castrillo Mota de Judios, or Hill of Jews. According to historical documents, the name is similar to the village’s original pre Spanish-Inquisition name.
El Pais said that 19 people had gone against the name change and some villagers did not vote.
A final decision on the name will take place at a town hall meeting to be held in June.
In 1492 Spain’s Catholic monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella ordered the expulsion of Jews from the country, and also decreed that Muslims should leave – or convert to Catholicism.
Spanish town wants Jewish-friendly name
Share this story
Subscribe to our Euro Weekly News alerts to get the latest stories into your inbox!
By signing up, you will create a Euro Weekly News account if you don’t already have one. Review our
Share your story with us by emailing [email protected]oweeklynews.com, by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
Download our media pack in either English or Spanish.