Bernard Mahler was extraordinarily enterprising, purposeful, ambitious, but also violent and abusive man. This is confirmed by numerous records of fines at the Jihlava court (quarrels, fights, unauthorized sale, etc.). His wife Marie Hermann was the opposite. Both had often violent quarrels and domestic scenes.
His company was sold poorly after his death. Gustav sees his inheritance in favor of his sisters and asks his brothers Alois and Otto to do this too. They finally agree.
The family of Bernard Mahler and Marie Mahler was a large one. In the years 1858-1879, 14 children were born, eight died at a young age. At the end of the 19th century the death of small children was a very common phenomenon; half of the children died in the first half of their lives. The death cases influenced the psyche of the mother, for whom the sensitive Gustav Mahler felt a great love.