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    Castrillo Mota de Judios

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    Today, we're going to visit a lovely town... village... hamlet? in northern Spain. Population: 52. Not 52,000 or 5200. Fifty-two. Completely unremarkable if not for its name: Castrillo Mota de Judios.

    Perhaps not completely unremarkable: it was settled almost a millennium ago, all the way back in 1035. And the village's seal is quite nice too. Is that a piano?

    It's not the musical instrument that concerns us, of course, it's the Star of David above it. Goes right along with the hamlet's remarkable name, which translates to "Jew hill camp". What a fantastic moniker!

    The town's original name was actually the very similar Castrillo Motajudios, as it was named for Jews who settled there. It reverted to its current name only in 2015, after spending close to 400 years being known as Castrillo Matajudios... Which could, but probably not by original intent, be translated as "Jew killer camp".

    Remarkable indeed.

    Verdict: Barely a Jew.

    May 15, 2019

    See Also

    Cerro del Judio

    Ceska Trebova

    Jew Town

    Jewish Autonomous Region

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