Dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen.
[Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.]
Christian Johann Heinrich Heine
Almansor: A Tragedy (1823)
As translated in True Religion (2003) by Graham Ward, p. 142
[Note that he wrote this nearly 100 years before USSR was created and 110 years before Nazi Germany began burning books and shortly thereafter people.
There is a sound reason why the progression from burning books to burning people occurs. The reason for the book burning is to stop the spread of “dangerous” ideas. When the book burning fail the desired goal then the spread of those ideas “must” be stopped by the “burning” of the people who spread the ideas.
Black Lives Matter and Antifa have taken the first step. Respond appropriately.—Joe]