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

  • London
  • The Workshop of Capital

London, September 2017, Belsize Park

London’s green and “in” district in the north-west of the city, between Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill, with its Victorian houses and parks. Helena Bonham-Carter and Kate Moss live in this area, as do Jude Law, Keith Richards, Ewen McGregor.

On its eastern edge, bordering Kentish Town, lies Grafton Terrace. At the end of September 1856, the Marx family moves into number nine, which today is number 46. Its current inhabitant makes no bones about the fact that the many reporters following Marx’s trail really get on his nerves.

The workshop of “Capital”

In 1856, the house – with its small garden and running water – lies in what is a new development at the time, in the middle of fields and other gardens. An inheritance had enabled Marx’s family to make the longed-for move out of the “terrible bleak space” in Soho.