The Spanish town of Castrillo Matajudio (Camp Kill Jews) has decided in a referendum to change its name. From now on it will be known by its original pre-1627 name of Castrillo Mota de Judios (Jews’ Hill Camp).
The town of 50 people decide that the "new" name which was adopted in 1627 was offensive.
Although Jews were killed in the area after the Spanish Crown ordered the expulsion of all Jews from the country in 1492, researchers believe the village got its name from Jewish residents who converted to Catholicism and wanted to reinforce their repudiation of Judaism to convince Spanish authorities of their loyalty. Others suspect the change may have come from a slip of the pen.
No Jews live in the village today, but many residents have ancient Jewish roots and the town’s official shield includes the Star of David.
The south-eastern town of Kill Muslims Valley (Valle de Matamoros) said it has no plans to change its name.