On this day, April 27, 1987, The Reagan Administration declared Austrian President Kurt Waldheim persona non grata and barred his entry to the United States. The US Justice Department alleged Waldheim had aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of Jews and others as a German Army officer during World War II.
Ironically, he had also been the 4th Secretary-General of the United Nations and dealt with numerous international humanitarian crises. In his 1985 autobiography, he lied about his service in the Germany army. He was elected President of Austria in 1986, barred from the US in 1987, and he did not seek re-election in 1992.
Two days after Waldheim death in 2007, the Austrian press published a posthumous apology for his "mistakes." An independent investigation found no evidence of any personal involvement in those crimes. Although Waldheim had stated that he was unaware of any crimes taking place, the committee cited evidence that Waldheim must have known about war crimes.