First posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 03:43 PM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 03:56 PM EDT
It's time for the French hamlet Death to Jews to change its name, says a prominent Jewish organization.
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.
"Why change a name that goes back to the Middle Ages or even further? We should respect these old names," Marie-Elizabeth Secretand told Agence France-Presse.
The hamlet of La Mort aux Juifs - translated to English as "Death to Jews." (Screenshot from Google Maps)
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