Woman behind famous WWII ‘kiss’ photo dies

The woman pictured embracing a Sailor in the famous New York Times Square kissing photo which marked the end of World War II, has died at the age of 92.

Greta Zimmer Friedman died at a hospital in Richmond, Virginia from complications associated with old age, according to her son.

She was working as a dental assistant and dressed in a Nurse’s uniform when George Mendonsa spun her around and planted a kiss on her lips on August 14, 1945.


The image was snapped by Alfred Eisenstaedt on a day whcih became known as V-J Day, the day the Japanese surrendered.

The photo is called V-J Day in Times Square but is known to most the world over as simply The Kiss.

Oddly, at the time the photo was taken, Mendonsa was on a date with an actual nurse, Rita Petry, who would later become his wife.

Both of Friedman’s parents died in the Holocaust, according to Lawrence Verria, co-author of The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo that Ended World War II.

Friedman escaped Austria and arrived in the US when she was 15.

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