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Woman in Iconic WWII Times Square Kiss Photograph Dies

Greta Zimmer Friedman was 92
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 10, 2016 2:49 PM CDT
Recipient of Famous WWII Kiss Dies at 92
Greta Zimmer Friedman, recipient of one of the most famous kisses in history, died this week at 92.   (Twitter)

(Newser) – The woman kissed by an ecstatic sailor in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II has died, the AP reports. Greta Zimmer Friedman's son says his mother died Thursday at a Richmond, Virginia, hospital of what he called complications from old age at 92. She will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, next to her late husband, Dr. Misha Friedman.

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Friedman was a 21-year-old dental assistant in a nurse's uniform on Aug. 14, 1945. She went to Times Square amid reports that the war had ended. That's when she was kissed by George Mendonsa celebrating Japan's surrender. Life magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captured the moment. It became one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century. Joshua Friedman says his mother recalled it all happening in an instant. (Read more World War II stories.)

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