Did you know that Karl Marx (1818-1883) wrote his famous Manifesto while he was in exile in Brussels?
During the 19th century, Belgium which had only recently become independent, welcomed the great thinkers of the time including Victor Hugo and Karl Marx. Those in exile had chosen to settle in our country on fleeing their country of origin.
After being expelled from Germany and France for his revolutionary ideas, Karl Marx too found refuge in Belgium on the sole condition that he wrote nothing political. Ignoring this stipulation, from the outset, the German became head of a network of revolutionary groups across Europe and wrote his famous Communist Manifesto.