Guide to the Sigmund Feist Collection, 
1847-1945
AR 3059

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Finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall on 2010-07-28. Finding aid written in English.
December 09, 2011  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Creator:Feist, Sigmund, 1865-1943
Title:Sigmund Feist Collection
Dates:1847-1945
Abstract:This collection contains personal papers and correspondence which document the personal and professional lives of Sigmund and Toni Feist from the 1880s through their emigration to Denmark in 1939.
Languages:This collection is in German, English, French, and Danish.
Quantity:0.25 linear feet : 7 folders
Identification:AR 3059
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Biographical Note

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.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains personal papers and correspondence which document the personal and professional lives of Sigmund and Toni Feist from the 1880s through their emigration to Denmark in 1939. The personal papers are particularly rich in materials on emigration and contain identification cards, renunciation of German citizenship, as well as older personal documents, including some of Feist's school papers. A limited amount of correspondence, including a number of postcards which Feist had assembled in an album, also document the family's personal life. The correspondence file of Feist's daughter Elisabeth Hirsch documents her unsuccessful attempts to secure passage of her parents to join her in the United States.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

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Related Materials

For more information on the Reicheimsches Waisenhaus (Reichenheim Orphanage, see:

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Separated Materials

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Sigmund Feist Collection.; AR 3059; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Other Finding Aid

An earlier inventory is included in folder 1.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

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Container List

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Inventory
12Personal papers1890-1945
13Correspondence -- letters1889-1940
14Correspondence -- postcards1847-1937
15Correspondence -- Elisabeth Hirsch1939-1944
16Professional papers -- Bingen am Rhein, Reichenheim Orphanage Berlin1893-1940
17Offprints of published material1913-1922
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