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 Poverty of Philosophy

Brussels, September 2017, Rue Jean d’Ardenne, Ixelles district

20 minutes on foot west of the European district. The neighbourhood contains two universities, the multicultural districts of Matongé and Flagey, cinemas, clubs, student pubs, organic food stores. A centre of Brussels nightlife and a residential area popular with students, staff of the EU institutions and lobby groups.

Karl Marx moved into this street in October 1846, known as rue d’Orléans at the time.