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"Now an Orphan"

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By 1939, the total German occupation of Czechoslovakia had become inevitable. On March 16, 1939, Hitler’s armies were in Prague. The next day, the United States State and Treasury departments announced that the U.S. was “constrained by force” to regard the provinces of Bohemia, Moravia, and Slovakia of Czechoslovakia “as now being under the de facto administration of the German authorities.” Hitler called the Czech lands the “Protectorate of Bohemia-Moravia.”
“The World’s Fair now has a contract with a country that no longer exists,” said The New York Times. Those at the Fair were left wondering what to do with the nearly-completed building and the hundreds of thousands of dollars Czechoslovakia had invested in its pavilion, plans for which had already been “radically revised” with less floor space at half the cost.