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
  • Turning away from "sentimental communism"

Pavel Annenkow recalls of Karl Marx at this time in: “A Russian Voice on Karl Marx”, published 1883 in “Die Neue Zeit”:

“Marx was the type of man, formed all of energy, force of will, and unshakeable conviction. A thick black mane, his hairy hands, and his coat buttoned up all awry, he had the appearance of a man who has the right and the power to demand respect. His manners were contrary to all social practice. But they were proud, with a touch of disdain and his proud voice which rang like metal sounded remarkably in accordance with the radical judgements on men and things which he let fall. He spoke only in the imperative, brooking no contradictions. This tone expressed the firm conviction of his mission to reign over men’s minds and dictate their laws. Before my eyes stood the personification of a democratic dictator.”