Spanish Town ‘Camp Kill Jews’ Changes Name to ‘Jews’ Hill Camp’

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A sign with the name of the village of Castrillo Matajudios (Kill Jews Fort) is seen near its entrance in northern Spain
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The Spanish village of Castrillo Matajudios — which translates to “Camp Kill Jews” — finally changed its name to its better, but not quite great, original name, Castrillo Mota de Judios, or “Jews’ Hill Camp.” None of the town’s 50 residents are Jewish — most fled several centuries ago during the Spanish Inquisition. Historians think the town’s awful name — which it has worn since 1627 — was either a big mistake or a way for Jewish residents to convince neighbors they were serious about converting to Catholicism. The Spanish village Valle de Matamoros, or “Kill Muslims Valley,” has no plans to change its name in the near future. A local official told reporters last year, “We have never thought of altering it. It is a historic name here — you are born with it and you live with it.”