Former detainee Emilian Mihailescu, an architect, said a Romanian diplomat in his cell died when a boil on his neck became infected.
“Medicine didn’t really exist,” he said.
One of the Romanian prison guards who is to be publicly named this month is Ion Ficior, dubbed by inmates “a human beast.”
“Ficior beat us every day with a wooden stick,” former prisoner Ianos Mokar said, adding that the guard terrorized inmates by “jumping over us on his white mare.”
In an interview, an unrepentant Ficior denied he had beaten anyone.
The 85-year-old said he tried to ensure that inmates got full rations by ordering kitchen workers to get the most out of potatoes by peeling as thinly as possible.