Feist, Sigmund, 1865-1943

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Sigmund Feist, born in Mainz in 1865, received his doctorate and teaching certificate from the University of Strasbourg in 1890, which entitled him to teach German, French and English within the German school system. He first taught languages at a school in Bingen am Rhein in the early 1890s, and went on to head his own private school in Mainz in 1904. Feist later moved to Berlin, where he became director of the Reichenheim Orphanage(Reichenheimsches Waisenhaus), until his retirement in 1935. He emigrated to Copenhagen with his wife shortly after the outbreak of World War II in December 1939. Attempts by relatives to help the couple emigrate to the U.S. remained unsuccessful. Sigmund Feist died in Copenhagen in 1943. His wife Toni Feist (née Rawicz) emigrated to Sweden after his death, and eventually to England.

From the guide to the Sigmund Feist Collection, 1847-1945, (Leo Baeck Institute Archives)

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referencedIn Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars records, 1927-1949, 1933-1945 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Sigmund Feist Collection, 1847-1945 Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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associatedWith Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars corporateBody
associatedWith Feist (Family) family
associatedWith Feist, Toni (née Rawicz), 1880- person
associatedWith Hirsch, Elisabeth Feist person
associatedWith Reichenheimsches Waisenhaus, Berlin corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Mainz (Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany)
Berlin (Germany)
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Birth 1865-06-12

Death 1943-03-23




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