Spain’s ‘Jew Killer’ town finally changes its name

A tiny northern Spanish town that for centuries has been named after a Jewish massacre has now officially been renamed to something much less ominous.

The controversially titled Castrillo Matajudíos, or ‘Jew Killer town’ has attempted to finally rid itself of its dark past when on Monday it published its new name in the official state bulletin.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Good for them!
    I wonder if this is the beginning of a tourism campaign directed at Israel?
    “Come to Spain; we don’t kill Jews anymore.”

    If for no other reason, not all countries can make that claim anymore.

    • tom_billesley

      They could change the name to Castrillo Matamoros.

  • marty_p

    The Palestinians have already asked if they can relocate the signs to Ramallah.

  • Sharkibark

    It’s about time they did the right thing.

    • Justin St.Denis

      The Spanish are NOT trying to “do the right thing” at all. That is not in the Spanish national character. A population and culture characterized by arrogance does not go to any lengths or efforts to “do the right thing” by other people. The reason the Spanish have done this is for what they expect to get in return. The Spanish only do for the Spanish. It has always been this way, and probably why Spanish colonialists were so notoriously evil, sadistic, craven and hated to this very day.

      • Exile1981

        I was on a job site up north of ft. mac and they had a lot of construction crews from Europe. The Spanish and Portuguese guys where pretty obnoxious. It was like a study in stereotypes on that site.

        The British guys where snooty and always figured there way was best. The Irish crew freaked out when they found out that the camp was dry and that they couldn’t run into town for beers every night.
        The Spanish and Portuguese where always getting tossed from site for “inappropriate touching” of the camp staff (cleaners and cooks and mostly women).

        • Justin St.Denis

          My grandson has been working up theree for the last 18 months. His take is essentially the same as yours, but he is hilarious when he recounts the WHY behind this or that Spanish guy got kicked off the site. The “pork chops” as he refers to the Portuguese, are apparently little more than mobile erectile tissue and “…would fuck a rattler if you held its head for them!” Funny to hear about, but also makes me glad I am well past that age.

  • Justin St.Denis

    Too little, too late. Not surprised, though. The most obnoxious tourists one encounters in Europe these days are the Spanish. It is great fun to watch the northern Scots beat the piss out of Spanish arseholes outside the pubs at 2:00 a.m. Strangely satisfying if you have had to listen to a Spanish couple fuck and scream at each other all night in the room next door at your B&B.

    Spain is the closest thing Europe has to a third-world country. Outside the of Spain’s urban centres, you might as well be in a poor part of Tunisia or Morocco. Spain, after all these centuries, still SUCKS really hard. Hardly surprising that it took them the better part of a century to rid themselves of an obviously insukting, racist and anti-Semitic town name. The Spanish are not the sharpest knives in the European drawer, if you follow my drift…

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I also heard that a leopard changed its spots.

  • L. Beau Macaroni

    “{T]hey did the right thing.” Are you guys serious? Does anyone here really think that people in Castrillo Matajudios want to murder Jews, or anyone else, for that matter? Taking offense at such a centuries-old legacy name is only one step away from believing that the people of Prince George’s County, Maryland have always regretted their role in War of Independence, and long to reunited with Mother England. Or maybe you think that the southern beaux sabreurs of Louisville, Kentucky still retain a passionate loyalty to the Ancien Regime of their namesake and King, Louis XVI, and they long at extract revenge against their fellow subjects in France for putting the monarch to the guillotine?

    This name change stuff looks like nothing more than preemptive fear-grinning at the global pearl-clutching, point-and-shriek mass media commentariat.