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
  • The Communist Correspondence Committee

Brussels, September 2017, Sablon

The upper-class district of Brussels with refined cafés and restaurants, small chocolatiers, custom tailors and antique shops. “Sablonisation” is the local word for “gentrification”.

At the south-eastern edge of the Place du Grand Sablon, opposite the 14th century Notre-Dame du Sablon church, lies Bodenbroekstraat. It takes around half an hour on foot from here to rue de l’Alliance, through the Warandepark and past the Königspalast. Until 2016, a music production company sold CDs of old music at house number 8.

In 1845 Philippe Gigot, a friend of Marx and Engels, lives in this house – beginning in February 1846, it serves as the postal address of the Brussels Communist Correspondence Committee.