Feeds

Spanish village of 'Kill the Jews' votes for rebrand

Locals endorse new 'Hill of the Jews' municipal moniker

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

The inhabitants of the Spanish village of Castrillo Matajudíos (Castrillo Kill the Jews) have voted for a rebrand which will see their diminutive settlement called Castrillo Mota de Judíos (Castrillo Hill of the Jews).

Castrillo Matajudios as seen on Street View

The village formerly known as Castrillo Matajudíos, as seen on Street View. Click on the image for a bigger version

Of the 56 registered voters asked to decide the matter on Sunday, 29 supported the name change, with 19 against and four spoiled votes. Castrillo's mayor, Lorenzo Rodríguez, described the day as "very intense, very hectic", adding: "And one where everyone respected the result".

The town hall will now move towards formalising the new moniker, El País reports.

Quite how the village got its unfortunate title is unclear. At some point its original name of Castrillo Mota de Judíos - adopted after 1035, when Jews from neighbouring Castrojeriz took refuge there to escape a pogrom - was converted to "Matajudíos".

The coat of arms of CastrilloArchaeologist Ángel Palomino reckons this may have been a result of the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, when locals wanted to declare their commitment to the Christian faith.

Mayor Rodríguez, however, believes that at some point a scribe simply miswrote the name. He admitted that while the mistake had certainly offended more than a few people, he stressed that the village's coat of arms bears the Star of David, in recognition of its Jewish past. ®

Bootnotes

The coat of arms also features a keyboard, in honour of Antonio de Cabezón - born in the village in 1510 and who went on to become a noted organist and composer.

Castrillo is a diminutive of castro, meaning "hill fort or iron-age settlement".

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS
'Prettier, better organised, more harmonious than if men were in charge'
Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD
'Officers were unable to determine Chicken's intent'
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!
Put it away boys. Cover them up ladies. Your credit cards, we mean
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'
US court hears of cached browser image - not actual request
Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty
Sales of traditional brekkie foods soar as hungry folk get their mitts greasy
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.