A Hard Sell to Tame a Name in Spain Reply

Castrillo Matajudios Spain

Castrillo Matajudíos, Spain, Rafael Minder writes for the NY Times.com — To outsiders, it might seem obvious that the time has come, or long passed, to change the name of a village that evokes one of the darkest chapters of Spain’s history.

But the mayor of Castrillo Matajudíos — roughly, Little Hill Fort of Jew Killers — is having a tough time persuading the 56 registered inhabitants of this sleepy village to vote on May 25 to adopt a different name and finally eradicate a link to the persecution of Jews during the Spanish Inquisition. “We have been living just fine with this name for over 400 years, so why is there suddenly a need to change it?” asked Anastasio Alonso, a farmer.

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Read more on NY Times.com: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/11/world/europe/a-hard-sell-to-tame-a-name-in-spain.html?_r=1

Mayor Matajudios Spain

Mayor Lorenzo Rodríguez Pérez, center, likes the alternative Motajudíos, or “Hill of Jews.” Credit Markel Redondo for The New York Times

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