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)