Voters in Castrillo Matajudios have voted on Sunday to change the name of the village, which means “Camp Kill Jews.” Mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez said the village, which has just 56 registered voters, voted 29-19 to change the decades old name.
The town’s original name was Castrillo Motajudios, which means “Jews’ Hill Camp,” but the “Kill the Jews” part was added from 1627. That was more than a 100 years after a 1492 Spanish royal edict ordering Jews to become Catholics or flee the country. Those who chose to remain would face the Spanish inquisition.
The Spanish government apologized to Jews earlier this year by offering citizenship to descendants who were forced to flee decades ago.
Most of the voters who wanted a name change, want it revivied to the old name, “Jews’ Hill Camp,” as the village pushes to become a tourist attraction. The final decision on a name will occur in June at a town hall meeting.