To the Editor:
I should appreciate the space to make a correction of the Soviet population figures I took from Dr. Nahum Jasny’s article in Sotsialistichesky Vestnik for one of the points in my own article “Stalinism Versus Stalin,” in your June issue.
I have since learned that Dr. Jasny’s Vestnik article was a brief and overly simplified version of an article first done in English by him for the May 1954 Review of Economics and Statistics (Harvard). The longer article makes clear that the tables deal with net increase in the working force, a figure arrived at by deducting from those reaching the age of 16 the number of those not entering into gainful employment, and those dropping out of the labor force because of old age, invalidism, etc., etc.
This, of course, does not alter the conclusions I derived from his statistical tables, and makes it all the more shocking that an article available for some time in English was not made use of by our statesmen in anticipating, interpreting, and clarifying the Soviet cuts, promises to cut, and inevitable further cuts in their armed forces.
Bertram D. Wolfe
Brooklyn, New York