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

  • London
  • Years in Soho

London, September 2017, Soho

Narrow streets with hostels and restaurants – French, Italian, Jewish, Indian, Chinese – some of which have been run by immigrant families for years. Situated between them are nightclubs and casinos, theatres, musical and comedy stages. Bohemian charm that looks more affordable than it really is.

In the middle of the 19th century, Soho – situated on the Thames floodplain, densely built up, damp and foggy – was once one of the cheapest and worst areas to live in London. The Marx family moved here in April 1850, into Dean Street.

Today, the street marks one stop along the “Marx Walks”: A guided city tour that takes in the most important places where Marx lived and worked in London.