He spent exactly 333 days in the camps of so-called Herceg-Bosna, and he never recovered from “close encounters” with Arklöv.
“One day, Arklöv came with a few of his comrades and, together with a few more detainees, took me out,” he told me.
“It was summer, noon, heat … It was pleasant to go outside of the camp just to get rid of the smell of feces and urine, because in camp we were forced to shit and piss in the same room where we ate and slept. The problem was that you never knew, where there are taking you. Maybe execution… Maybe beating. Maybe just work.. “
On that day, detainees were taken to work at the Gabela Barracks, where they wrestled and bore military beds all day. When the job was done, Cernica was taken to the bathroom.
“They pushed me under the showers and then started to beat me. This trick was often used in the camp: when cold water hits the body, the body can last longer in a state of consciousness. At the same time, it means that you have to bear the pain longer. You are suffering longer. And that’s what they wanted: for us to suffer. “