WE HAVE BEEN greatly assisted by many people in preparing this memoir. In particular, we would like to express our gratitude to Virginia Hoeffding; Stamatis Cambanis, Ross Leadbetter, the late June Maxwell, and Gordon Simons of the University of North Carolina; Ildar Ibragimov; and John Kimmel of Springer-Verlag for arranging permission to quote material from The Collected Works of Wassily Hoeffding.



E-mail message from Ildar Ibragimov dated November 25, 1997.


The Columbia Encyclopedia (6th ed., 2001) records the following information: “Harald Høffding 1843-1931, Danish philosopher. He was professor at Copenhagen (1883-1915). His histories of philosophy have been enjoyed by a large audience, especially his History of Modern Philosophy (1894-95; tr., 2 vol., 1900, reprinted by Dover 1955).”


E-mail message from Oleg’s daughter, Virginia Hoeffding, dated January 23, 2002: “Oleg spent the war in England, and wound up attached to U.S. Army Intelligence during the liberation of Europe; among other things, he was the first Allied intelligence officer to interview Albert Speer (he tends to appear in biographies of Speer as Captain “Otto” Hoeffding—much to his annoyance). He and my mother and brother came to this country in 1946 … the American intelligence community felt he was a valuable resource, and essentially sponsored his hiring by Columbia University as an instructor in the Economics Department … He left Columbia for the Rand Corporation when the latter was founded in 1953, and remained there until his retirement in the mid ‘70’s. His field was Sino-Soviet economic relations, so that a great deal of his work was and remains classified. He was one of several people associated with Daniel Ellsberg during the Pentagon Papers episode, and was one of the co-signers of Ellsberg’s famous letter to the New York Times. His opposition to the war was, I think, largely pragmatic rather than ideological; one of his papers which is in the public domain was an analysis of the ineffectiveness of strategic bombing.”


N. I. Fisher and P. K. Sen, eds. The Collected Works of Wassily Hoeffding. New York: Springer, 1994.


Hanover became part of the British zone of occupation, and Wassily and his mother stayed there for more than a year, trying in vain to secure the release of his father. Then they lost all trace of

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