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Village in Spain drops ‘Kill Jews Fort’ name for ‘Hill of Jews’

By Mason White 5:31 PM May 26, 2014
Castrillo Matajudios 

By: Hydar Tomar
A village in Spain that was named “Kill Jews Fort” changed its name to “Hill of Jews,” an official said.

On Sunday, the village of Castrillo Matajudios, voted to change its name, which was adopted during an era of religious persecution over 400 years ago.

The campaign to rename the village was led by Mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez, after the controversial name was made public. The residents of the village cast their votes along with the election for representatives to the European Parliament.

The motion to change the name of the village had received 29 votes in favor, while 19 people had voted against it. The others did not vote or cast blank ballots.

The new name “Hill of Jews” is similar to the original name of the town before the Spanish Inquisition. Mayor Rodriguez said that the village was accused of being anti-Semitic.

However, in reality, the people are descendants from a Jewish community.