Interview with Elena Bonner.
In her May 2010 interview with Masha Gessen, Elena Bonner described her Jewish experience during the war:
"On December 30, I was ordered to go to "the evacuation point," as people referred to it in Sverdlovsk. I arrived, presented my documents and then sat in the corridor and waited. And then I was approached by a very elderly man in military uniform who asked me what I was doing there. I replied, "I'm waiting to find out what they will say to me." He responded (in Latin)" Ex nostris?" ["Are you one of ours?" M.G.] I said, "What do you mean?" He said:"One of ours." I said:"Whose?" Then he said: Are you a Jew?",I replied: "Yes."
That was the only thing I understood.Then he took out a writing pad and said:"So, what is your last name."I told him. Then he asked me: "And where are you from?" I said:"From Leningrad." He said to me:"I have a daughter and son in Leningrad."He didn't tell me who or what he was. "And where are your parents?" I said :"I don't know about Dad, but Mom is in Algeria (in Russian: Alzhir)! He responded: "What Algeria are you talking about?" I replied "[that's the abbreviation for] Akmolinskii lager' zhen izmennikov rodiny" [i.e. the Almolinsk (prisoner) camp for wives of traitors to the homeland]. I remember very well how I looked at him very intently while wondering what he was going to say. Perhaps, he would have me shot right away, perhaps not. So I said to him as if I were delivering a report" "The Akmolinsk Camp" – For Wives of Traitors to the Motherland."He responded: "So that's how it is" and left. Then he returned, almost immediately and said :"Sit here and don't go anywhere." He returned in what must have been half an hour and said : "Now you are my subordinate, a nurse on Hospital Train Number 122. I am your commander, Vladimir Efremovich Dorfman. You will address me as "Comrade Commander," but sometimes you may call me Vladimir Efremovich. That's all."