Marx as a Migrant – A digital narrative

Karl Marx lived a long life as a migrant. Fleeing from the Prussian state, censorship and possible arrest, important stops on his journey were Paris, Brussels and London. These cities shaped his political activities, his engagement with political fellow-travellers, as well as his intellectual development and thus his entire work.

At the click of a mouse, you can follow Marx as a migrant from city to city. You can not only immerse yourself in his time, but also discover that even today, traces of his life and work continue to be seen in Paris, Brussels and London.

Each station takes about 45 minutes.


Marx as a Migrant

  • Brussels
  • Arrest and expulsion

Brussels, September 2017, Rue de la Tête d’Or. Back in the city centre

It’s half an hour on foot from here to what used to be called the Rue d’Orléans. The Grand Place with ‘The Swan’ is just around the corner. Number 13 is a red-brick house, with a tobacconist on the ground floor.

In 1847, this is one of the meeting points of the Association Démocratique – an association of bourgeois-liberal oppositional Democrats, rather like the English Fraternal Democrats. Alongside the Belgians, its members include Poles, Swiss, French and Germans. Although it was set up as a counterweight to the Communist League, Marx was elected its Vice-President in November 1847.