Woman nurse kissed by sailor after 2nd World War dies

Photo of a woman nurse Greta Friedman kissed by sailor after World War II.

Washington: According to media reports, a woman named Greta Friedman who was kissed by a sailor in the iconic picture taken in New York city’s Times Square after the Second World War ended in 1945, died today.

The son of woman, Joshua Friedman confirmed the news to international news channel on Saturday saying that his mother died at an assisted living home in Richmond, Virginia. She was 92.

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The black-and-white photograph of Friedman, dressed in a white uniform, being embraced and kissed by a sailor to celebrate the end of the war became an enduring image.

Friedman, then 21 and a dental assistant, was in Times Square when the news of Japan’s surrender to the US was announced on a billboard, marking the end of the war.

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The photo, taken by legendary photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, was published in Life magazine a few weeks later. But the identities of the two people were a mystery.

He added, it was not until 1980 when both Friedman and George Mendonsa, the sailor in the photo, were determined to be the couple in the photo.

 

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