Spanish village changing anti-Jewish name?


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Spain and the Holocaust

29 October 2008

Maureen Tobin Stanley, associate professor of Spanish language, literature, and culture at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, spoke at Vanderbilt University Oct. 23 as part of the Holocaust Lecture Series.

Maureen Tobin Stanley has spent her career examining Spanish voices of resistance, exile and deportation. Though 10,000 to 15,000 Spaniards were imprisoned in Nazi camps with the implicit endorsement of Francisco Franco’s regime, their experience in concentration camps has been largely suppressed. As part of contemporary Spain’s critical, literary, and current legislative drive to recover its democratic past and renounce Franco’s totalitarianism, Stanley’s research seeks to demonstrate the cultural relevance of these frightening realities. Supporting contribution by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

From daily Haaretz in Israel:

Spanish village called ‘kill Jews’ mulling name change

Village of Castrillo Matajudios will convene its 60 families to vote on name dating back to Spanish Inquisition.

By JTA | Apr. 12, 2014 | 11:18 PM

A Spanish village is considering removing the phrase “kill Jews” from its name.

The village of Castrillo Matajudios near Leon in northern Spain will convene its 60 resident families at a town hall meeting next week to discuss and vote on the first formal proposal to change the village’s name, the regional daily Diario de Burgos reported Friday.

Mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez, who submitted the proposal, suggested changing the village’s name to Castrillo Mota de Judios, which means “Castrillo Jews’ Hill.” He said this was the village’s original name, but it was changed during the Spanish Inquisition.

In parts of Spain, and especially in the north, locals use the term “killing Jews” (matar Judios) to describe the traditional drinking of lemonade spiked with alcohol at festivals held in city squares at Easter, or drinking in general.

Leon will hold its “matar Judios” fiesta on Good Friday, April 18, where organizers estimate 40,000 gallons of lemonade will be sold.

The name originates from medieval times, when converted Jews would sometimes be publicly executed in show trials at around Easter, Maria Royo, a spokesperson for the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain told JTA.

“Regrettably, this type of expression exists in Spain in ceremonies and parties,” she said, but added that “the people saying it are mostly unaware of the history. It is a complicated issue that is ingrained in local culture.”

The federation is in contact on this issue with authorities, but given the popularity of the expression, “it is impossible to forbid this language” in that context, she added.

Last month, Ramon Benavides, the president of a local associations of hoteliers, told the news agency EFE: “When ‘killing Jews,’ it’s best to take it slow and keep track of how much you drink to avoid excesses and its consequences the next day.”

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2 thoughts on “Spanish village changing anti-Jewish name?

  1. Spain: Villagers in Castrillo Matajudios — which translates as Kill the Jews — will vote next month whether to change the town’s name, Mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez Perez said yesterday.

    The town’s original name was Castrillo Motajudios — Jews’ Hill — and dates back to 1035 when Jews forced from nearby lands settled there.

    The earliest records found with the changed name is from 1627, more than a century after Spain expelled Jews unwilling to convert to Christianity.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-f717-World-in-Brief-22nd-April-2014

  2. SPAIN: Voters in the tiny village of Castrillo Matajudios, whose name means Camp Kill Jews, decided on Sunday it was time to change its centuries-old name.

    Mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez said the vote was 29-19 in a high turnout for a village with just 56 registered voters.

    The name dates from 1627, more than a century after a royal edict ordered Jews to convert to Catholicism, flee the country or be tortured.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-e6cf-World-in-Brief-27052014#.U4SjsChAe7o

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