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

Expulsion from Belgium

When revolution broke out in Paris in February 1848 and the Belgian government feared it might spill over into the recently formed state, the Association Démocratique was suspected of providing refuge to foreign agitators. It was spied on, and many of its members being arrested and deported. Marx received a deportation order on 3 March 1848. He has 24 hours to leave Belgium.