Video

Submerged

Brenda Goldstein

2002, 08:32 minutes, Colour, English

TAPECODE 697.00

"This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. This storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress."

- Walter Benjamin

In 2000 I traveled to Poland, and people there referred to a Jewish culture as an Atlantis. In a city called Poznan, at a busy downtown intersection stands a Synagogue converted into a swimming pool. The echoes of the past still reverberate into the present.

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