A tiny northern Spanish town that was named after a Jewish massacre has been officially given a new title, after the communities 56 residents voted on the matter. The controversially titled Castrillo Matajudíos, or ‘Jew Killer town’ finally rid itself of its dark past when it published its new name in the official state bulletin on Monday.
The town near Burgos will now be called Castrillo Mota de Judíos, ‘hill of Jews’, with the official renaming coming a year after the community vote at the mayor’s suggestion. The local town hall then had to confirm that the name change “had historical justification” and that it was not too similar to the name of any other existing town.
A massacre of Jewish people is thought to have taken place near the town in 1035 and another massacre happened in the village itself in 1109.