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
  • Arrival in Brussels

September 2017, central Brussels, Rue Neuve.

The street is the second most popular shopping mile in Belgium, with the second-highest rents in the country. A department store belonging to the Galeria Inno chain stretches from house numbers 111 to 123.

In 1845 the Hotel de Saxe stood here – just four minutes on foot from Place Rogier, where the first Brussels North train station was being built at the time.