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

  • Paris
  • Friendship with Friedrich Engels

Friedrich Engels visits Karl Marx in Paris

On 28 August Karl Marx meets Friedrich Engels here, who is on his way from England to Germany. As the wealthy son of a factory owner in Barmen in the Rhineland, he had spent the last two years in Manchester to learn the ropes of managing the cotton spinning in his father’s factory. From there Engels had contributed two articles to the German-French Yearbooks (Deutsch-Französische Jahrbücher). “The Condition of the Working-Class in England” and “Outlines of a Critique of Political Economy”had stirred Marx‘s interest – since March, the two young men have been in correspondence with one other