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
  • Breakup with Weitling

Break with Wilhelm Weitling

Among the workers and craftsmen in mid-19th century, Europe Wilhelm Weitling is a particularly popular figure – it is said that many practically worship him.

However, Marx and Engels reject Weitling’s notion of a communist society based on egalitarianism and the gospel, on love and harmony for which a devoted group of revolutionaries should fight in the name of the oppressed. This strikes them as too sentimental. Nevertheless, they respect Weitling’s standing – not least because their Correspondence Committee finds it hard to mobilise allies.

When the committee discussed the question of what effective propaganda in Germany could look like at a meeting in March 1846, Marx attacks Weitling harshly.