Mayor of French town 'Death to Jews', vows to change name

The hamlet of La Mort aux Juifs - translated to English as

The hamlet of La Mort aux Juifs - translated to English as "Death to Jews." (Screenshot from Google Maps)

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, Last Updated: 2:47 PM ET

The mayor of the French hamlet Death to Jews has bowed to pressure to change the locale's controversial name, according to a report.

La Mort aux Juifs, a small hamlet just south of Paris, has held its name since the 11th century, wrote Simon Wiesenthal Centre spokesman Shimon Samuels in a letter to French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

"The name remained under Napoleon's emancipation of French Jewry," Samuels wrote. "(That) it was unnoticed during seventy years since the liberation of France from the Nazis and Vichy is most shocking."

Samuels urged "the earliest removal of this genocidal name and its replacement with an identity rather more welcoming to all."

The deputy mayor of Courtemaux, the village that has jurisdiction over the hamlet, dismissed Samuel's pleas.

But on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported the mayor said he would submit a proposal to change the name, which now only exists on official land records after the town removed all signs and everyone's addresses to numbers in the 1990s.


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