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Posted: Apr 22, 2014 7:09 AM

Updated: Apr 22, 2014 7:09 AM

MADRID (AP) The tiny Spanish village of Castrillo Matajudios, whose second name means "Kill Jews," will hold a referendum next month to decide if it should change the name that offends outsiders and embarrasses some residents.

Mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez Perez said Tuesday the village's 56 registered voters will be asked on May 25 whether they want to keep the name or change it to the similar, but non-offensive name the town once had.

Historical studies show the town's original name was Castrillo Motajudios. The second name of that translates to "Jews' Hill" and dates back to 1035, when Jews forced from nearby lands settled there.

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

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