The storm not to take so lightly is one called tropical cyclone Bune. Average winds are now somewhere between 75 and 90 MPH, and the storm is fluxuating between tropical storm material to a Category 1 Cyclone. Presently, it appears that the system will stay away from major land masses.
What do we know generally about cyclones?
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Willenberg’s drawings are an attempt to preserve the memory of a terrible place
Israel is marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorating the murder of six million Jews by the Nazis during World War II. Samuel Willenberg, who is now 87 years old, is one of the last two known survivors of the Treblinka extermination camp.
Treblinka was one of the most notorious Nazi death camps.
Part of the Nazis’ “final solution”, the camp in occupied Poland was dedicated to extermination, designed for efficient mass murder.
Between 1942 and 1943 around 870,000 Jews were killed there, according to Israel’s Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem.
Not many of those who were sent to Treblinka lived to tell the tale.
Yad Vashem estimates that a few hundred people escaped from the camp, but only a few dozen of those survived the war.
Samuel Willenberg was one of the survivors. His two sisters were killed there.
Sitting in his flat in Tel Aviv, Mr Willenberg, who has written a book about his experiences, said he wanted to give testimony about “the tragedy that was Treblinka”.
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There was no selection, no procedure, no special striped clothes… It was death”
Most people were sent straight to the gas chambers, he said.
There was “no selection, no procedure, no special striped clothes like in Auschwitz”.
“Here we wore the clothes that we found after people were sent to the gas chambers and that’s all. It was death.”
Memories of escape
But a chance encounter saved him from being killed on his first day in the camp.
He recognised one of the Jewish prisoners forced to work in the camp and asked him what he should do. “Say you are a builder, say you are a builder,” the man told him.
As a result, Mr Willenberg said, he was “the only one that remained alive” from his transport.
Samuel Willenberg says he was the only person who survived from his transport to Treblinka
“I was in shock. I couldn’t believe what was happening before my eyes. It is difficult to grasp that suddenly people arrived and other people came and killed them by gas.”
In the basement of his apartment building is a collection of bronze sculptures, created by Mr Willenberg to reflect his experiences in Treblinka and to preserve the memory of those who died.
One is of a girl with her head half-shaved. Another shows a father helping his son take off his shoes before being sent to the gas chamber.
On the wall are his drawings of the camp.
Mr Willenberg believes his sketch of the so-called Lazarett, or field hospital, where some prisoners were shot in the head, is the only eyewitness drawing to survive.
The Germans prevented anyone from making a record of it,” he said.
Looking at his work, he paused in front of one group of figures representing the uprising in the camp against the Germans on 2 August 1943 – the day he escaped.
“Here I put the heroes of Treblinka,” Mr Willenberg said.
Several of the figures brandished guns, but he sought out the one of a man lying on the ground, next to an overturned pram. He stroked it again and again.
He has also immortalised those who helped and those who fought against the Nazis
“Alfred Boehm, my friend,” he said.
“He helped me and took me out of the line that was taking us on to the gas. He fell in the uprising, he brought us guns and fell – and in his memory, I put him here.
Mr Willenberg was shot in the leg as he left the camp, climbing over the bodies of those who had already been gunned down.
“I ran straight ahead, alone. I wasn’t afraid of being alone. The important thing was to escape.”
He joined the Polish underground and fought against the Germans.
In 1950 he came to Israel.
Now he hopes his statues can one day be part of a museum at Treblinka.
The Holocaust casts a long shadow over Israel, which was founded three years after the end of World War II.
For survivors like Samuel Willenberg, the message is clear: never forget.
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Severe Weather in United States: Severe weather in southern and southeastern regions of…
Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country last week, the federal government has been in constant contact with all of the impacted states as they responded to and began recovery efforts from these devastating storms.
At the request of the respective governors, FEMA currently has personnel on the ground in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, and commodities strategically pre-positioned in the region to support the states.
Today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Donovan, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, Small Business Administrator Mills, and FEMA Administrator Fugate, along with American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern, traveled to Alabama and Mississippi to survey the damage and meet with state and local officials.
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This storm is one of the most unpredictable of the season so far in 2011. Indications are that the storm is weakening, but this storm has been very unstable, with winds gaining, but then subsiding. The path of the storm is not as predicable as most other storms. Presently, the storm is about 340 Nautical miles South-Southeast of Nadi, Fiji, and it is drifting South-Southwestward at 2 knots. The knot is a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile (which is defined as 1.852 km) per hour, approximately 1.151 mph. Some may consider the slow speed a good thing, but others may consider it a bad thing. The storm is in very open waters presently, and it will stand a chance of gaining in strength as it will continue to pull warm moisture from the surface of the ocean. But it is still unpredictable at this time. The storm has been drifting between a Category 1 and Category 2 for the last few days.
Presently, all weather storms except one have dissipated. Only IO932011 INVEST located in the North Indian Ocean appears to be active at this time, and may develop into a stronger storm. Cyclone Bune, now downgraded to a minor storm is now rapidly dissipating and no further major activity is predicted with Bune.
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