Nurse kissed in iconic World War II photo dies

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Washington:  Greta Friedman, the woman kissed by a sailor in the iconic picture taken in New York city’s Times Square after the Second World War ended in 1945, has died, a media report said.

vj-day-photoHer son Joshua Friedman confirmed the news to CNN on Sep 10 saying that his mother died at an assisted living home in Richmond, Virginia. She was 92.

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.

“My mom had so many stories and so many experiences; this was just one of many,” Friedman said about the iconic photo.

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, CNN reported.

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.

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, CNN added. (IANS)