Remembering Greta Zimmer Friedman: The Woman in Iconic Times Square Kiss Photo
Just over 71 years after Alfred Eisenstaedt captured the iconic photograph of a kiss between a nurse and an elated U.S. Navy sailor in Times Square, the woman in the picture, Greta Zimmer Friedman, passed away at the age of 92.
Taken on August 14, 1945, or Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day), the photo of U.S. Navy sailor George Mendonsa and nurse Greta Zimmer Friedman has made a lasting impression on citizens across the country over the span of several decades.
On that day, Friedman, along with hundreds of other New York City residents and workers, poured into the streets of Times Square to celebrate the news of the U.S. victory over Japan.
Although they'd never met, Mendonsa grabbed Friedman in excitement, "spun her around and planted a kiss on her."
"It wasn't that much of a kiss," Friedman told Patricia Redmond in an interview with Veterans History Project, "It was more of a jubilant act that he didn't have to go back... We both left and went our own way."
Upon going back to the office to tell her boss what happened, Friedman was instructed to cancel all appointments and close the office, meanwhile Mendonsa went his way with his fiancé — or so the story goes.
"It wasn't a romantic event. It was just an event of 'thank god the war is over.'"
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