Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) was an important German Romantic poet. His family background was Jewish, but he converted to Lutherism in 1825, and admitted that this was due to the social restrictions Jews faced at the time. Alongside the Romantic themes, he developed more political ideas in his work; although patriotic, he was critical of rising nationalist ideas and narrow mindedness in any form. In 1821, he wrote the famous words, “Where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people”. 112 years later, his work was among the thousands of books burnt by the Nazis on the Opernplatz in Berlin on 10th May 1933.