Woman from Iconic “The Kiss” Photo Dies at 92

 In Domestic, Military, Veterans

The Kiss photo’s subject, Greta Zimmer Friedman was a 21 year old dental assistant when WWII ended. And she happened to be in the right place at the right time for photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt to capture a moment that is etched into the history of America. One that of course, feminists hate. Which is all the more reason to celebrate it. Greta has died of pneumonia at the age of 92.

It was August 14, 1945, and Greta happened to be in Times Square. A sailor who heard the news that the Japanese had surrendered was so excited that he grabbed her and planted a kiss right on the mouth.

George Mendonsa and Greta Friedman

The Business Insider reported,

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.

The original photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt that was printed in LIFE Magazine. Photo via BizpacReview

For her part, Greta said it was not a “romantic event,” just a “Thank God the war is over” one.

The statues

Statues have been erected from that photograph. When one of the statues was on display in Normandy, France, a feminist group demanded it be removed because it displayed a “sexual assault.” The statue had been on loan to France from the Sculpture Foundation in California.

The controversy only managed to gather 800 signature on a petition, which goes to show how stupid the people of France thought it was. The statue was not removed and eventually came back to America.

There are many such statues around the country. One in Sarasota Florida in particular is a giant replica of “The Kiss.”

the kiss

The statutes of “The Kiss” in Sarasota, Florida. Photo courtesy of the author of this article

 

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