500 Years After the Inquisition, Spanish Village Called ‘Kill the Jews’ Will Be Changing its Name — Maybe April 13, 2014

500 Years After the Inquisition, Spanish Village Called ‘Kill the Jews’ Will Be Changing its Name — Maybe

Centuries ago, there was a village in the Spanish countryside by the name of Castrillo Mota de Judíos, which means “Castrillo Jews’ Hill.” During the Inquisition, the hamlet was rebaptized Castrillo Matajudíos, or “Castrillo Kill the Jews.” Now, the 60 families who live there will decide together whether the slightly offensive current name will be restored to the less upsetting original.

That would still leave the phrase intact in parts of Spain, especially in the north, where “killing Jews” (“matar Judíos”) refers to

… the traditional drinking of lemonade spiked with alcohol at festivals held in city squares at Easter, or drinking in general. The name originates from medieval times, when converted Jews would sometimes be publicly executed in show trials at [or] around Easter.

¡Salud!

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