Kiss­ing woman passes away at 92

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

The woman dra­mat­i­cally kissed by a sailor cel­e­brat­ing the end of World War II in an iconic pho­to­graph seen around the world has died, ac­cord­ing to The New York Times. She was 92. Greta Zim­mer Fried­man passed away from pneu­mo­nia, her son Joshua Fried­man told the pa­per.

Then a 21-year-old den­tal assistant, Fried­man was grabbed and kissed by an elated sailor in New York’s Times Square on Au­gust 14, 1945, as news spread that Ja­pan had sur­ren­dered and WWII would end.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Alfred Eisenstaedt shot the iconic im­age, which would en­dure as a defin­ing 20th cen­tury Amer­i­can pho­to­graph af­ter it ran as a full page in Life magazine.

The 2012 book The Kiss­ing Sailor: The Mys­tery Be­hind the Photo That Ended World War II published by the Naval In­sti­tute Press iden­ti­fied the pair as Fried­man and Ge­orge Men­donsa.

Though their pas­sion­ate em­brace might in­di­cate oth­er­wise, Fried­man and Men­donsa did not know each other and never had a romantic re­la­tion­ship. In fact, the sailor’s fu­ture wife, Rita Men­donsa, can be seen grin­ning above his shoul­der in the pho­to­graph.

In a 2005 in­ter­view archived by the Vet­er­ans His­tory Project, Fried­man said she had never seen the im­age un­til the 1960s when she looked at a book of Eisenstaedt pho­tog­ra­phy.

“I’m not sure about the kiss ... It was just some­body cel­e­brat­ing,” Fried­man re­called in that in­ter­view. “It wasn’t a romantic event. It was just an event of ‘thank God the war is over’.” – AFP

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