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
  • End of “bourgeois misery”

London, September 2017, Maitland Park Road in Belsize Park

Five minutes to Grafton Terrace by foot, a street with social housing built in the 1950s which has seen better days, now home largely to immigrants.

Second Headquarter of the Worker’s Association
The Marx family moved into the street in April 1864. Marx’s mother as well as his friend and ally Wilhelm Wolff had died and left Marx a considerable sum of money. The days of “bourgeois misery” were over.

In 1 Maitland Park Road – 1 Modena Villas at that time – Marx has a spacious office where friends and allies can come and go for the first time. A large part of the First International’s correspondence will be conducted from here, and many gatherings and meetings will also take place.