During World War II, UNC employed both German POWs and Italian prisoners in its dining halls.

The UNC Libraries “For the Record” blog details how Lenoir Hall became a dining hall for pre-flight cadets, and 110 of the waiters serving family-style meals were bussed in from Camp Butner, which was holding German prisoners.

An inspection report notes that meals were served hotel style, and that the food was “satisfactory.”


(The Chapel Hill News, 1943)

Melody Kramer serves on the OWASA board and lives in Carrboro with her family. By day, she leads communications for a large academic research center and recently obtained her MLIS degree focusing on digital...