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1987: Austrian President Kurt Waldheim was Forbidden Entry into the United States

1987: Austrian President Kurt Waldheim was Forbidden Entry into the United States
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons / Waldheim (second from left) with Italian General Ercole Roncaglia, Col. Hans Herbert Macholz, and SS-Gruppenführer Artur Phleps at Podgorica airfield, 22 May 1943

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  • Historical event
  • 27 April 1987
  • Interestingly, the U.S. Department of Justice even accused Kurt Waldheim for helping with activities such as the deportation of Jews to concentration camps, gathering civilians for forced labor and distribution of Nazi propaganda.

On this day the U.S. Justice Department announced that it had placed Austrian President Kurt Waldheim on the list of people banned from entering the United States.

The decision was justified by Waldheim’s alleged ties to Nazi crimes committed during World War II.

There was a violent reaction in Austria, because Waldheim was at that point in 1987 the president of the republic. The withdrawal of the Austrian ambassador to the U.S. was announced and Foreign Minister Alois Mock sharply protested.

Interestingly, the U.S. Department of Justice even accused Waldheim for helping activities such as the deportation of Jews to concentration camps, gathering civilians for forced labor and distribution of Nazi propaganda.

According to them, Waldheim once participated in boarding the Jews of Rhodes on a vessel that was then sunk in the Mediterranean Sea.

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