Less than 100 miles from an exhibition in Paris about the city’s liberation from the Nazis, there’s a small French town called “Death to Jews.”
The town, “La Mort aux Juifs” in French, is about 116km (72 miles) south of the French capital.
“Death to Jews” is a small town, made up of only a couple of houses and a farm. Searching around on Google Earth, I found that one of the houses is (or was) for sale:
The old real estate adage of “location, location, location” comes to mind. Because let’s face it, advocating genocide just doesn’t do for property values what it used to.
Here’s the entirety of the hamlet of “La Mort aux Juifs.”
The Simon Wiesenthal Center has understandably demanded that the French change the name of the Jew-hating town.
The deputy mayor of “Death to Jews,” while explaining that “no one has anything against the Jews,” called the demand to change the town’s genocidal name “ridiculous.”
“This name has always existed,” [deputy mayor] Marie-Elizabeth Secretand told AFP.”No one has anything against the Jews, of course. It doesn’t surprise me that this is coming up again,” she added.
“Why change a name that goes back to the Middle Ages or even further? We should respect these old names.”
Sometimes you show respect by not respecting tradition at all.
Interestingly, the city of Paris is currently running an exhibit honoring the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris from Nazi occupation. As I wrote yesterday, the exhibit, titled “Paris liberé, Paris photographié, Paris exposé” (i.e., “Paris freed, Paris photographed, Paris exhibited”), devotes a single panel in a single room to the role of American troops in liberating the French capital. And that panel is devoted entirely to a discussion of how the American liberators were a bunch of racist criminals.
The museum, which is run by the city of Paris, found it “ironic” that a bunch of racist American servicemen would fight a war to stop “racist” Nazis.
Yes, well, irony is a bitch, mon amie. Just ask the deputy mayor of “Death to Jews.”
On a side note, France does have a few other “death to” towns, including (and I’m not making this up):
“Death to Hares”
“Death to Lice”
And my personal favorite:
“The Path of Death to Donkeys” (it’s sounds cuter in French)
When all is said and done, the deputy mayor does have a point.
After all, you don’t hear the donkeys complaining.