Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Caroline Saper. Interview conducted by Kaczmarek, Megan at Saper's Residence in Summerfield, FL.


0:00 basic bio information; 1:20 got married; 1:50 got a job working in a factory; 3:00 wartime job(s); 4:00 volunteered at military hospital; 6:00 difficulties of wartime work; 7:00 working conditions at the factories; 7:00 driver during the war; 9:00 free time at Lake Erie; 9:20 unions at the factories; 9:50 friends and family in the factories; 10:00 life in general during the war/feelings about the wartime years; 11:10 brother in law injured in the war; 11:40 changes in life due to the war; 12:30 radio broadcasts during the war; 13:00 shortages/difficulties during the war; 13:30 war erased divisions between people; 14:00 husband came home; 14:50 phone starts ringing, interview suspended; 15:40 new responsibilities after the war started; 16:30 people shared what they had during the war; 17:20 sister had a baby girl, raised by the whole household; 18:00 social activities during the war; 18:30 celebrated the end of the war by painting the whole house; 18:50 met/made friends with six paratroopers; all died at Anzio beach; 20:00 wartime correspondance/husband's activities during the war; 21:30 "nothing was happy during the war"; 22:00 "nothing wonderful about a war"; 22:50 civil defense initiatives; 23:30 shortages and rationing; 24:50 civilian morale; 26:40 husband comes home from the war; 27:00 post-war celebrations; 27:40 changes in life after the war; 29:00 started a family; 29:20 one thing about the war that is important to share with future generations; 31:00 training for wartime work; 31:30 unions during the war; 32:10 why those factories?

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Cleveland, OH




White - Jewish

Home State


War or Conflict

World War II



Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Worked in several factories, including gun factories, ammunitions factories, factory making airplane parts. These factory/company names were: Titan Valves, and Chase Brass. Drove trucks, tanks and jeeps for the FBI.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Kaczmarek, Megan

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Saper's Residence in Summerfield, FL.


Saper, Caroline K.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Civilians in war

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida

Length of Interview

35 minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type