Gitta Serény, Mises’ stepdaughter, who recently passed, is mentioned in several places in Jörg Guido Hülsmann’s biography of Mises. At one point, for a while, Mises and his wife were desperate to know whether Gitta escaped from Nazi-occupied France. Here Hülsmann discusses Gitta’s memory of Mises’ love for music.
Mises did not share the Viennese acceptance of Schlamperei when it came to politics, but he did share their passion for music. It would endure throughout his life. His stepdaughter, Gitta Serény recalled her ninety-year-old stepfather sitting next to her at a performance of Strauss’s “Blue Danube” in New York City. The old man’s eyes were shining as he hummed along with the music.