Friday, 14 October 2016

Greta Friedman: Nurse in the Iconic WWII Times Square Kissing Photo

Greta Friedman: Nurse in the Iconic WWII Times Square Kissing Photo
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Caught & Clicked!

This candid picture of a nurse kissing a sailor created buzz for a long time. Many women claimed to be the nurse however; Friedman was identified in 2012 as the nurse in the famous picture.

Greta Friedman is the woman in the iconic photo of a nurse and sailor kissing in New York City’s Times Square during the end of World War II. This popular nurse died on September 8, 2016 at 92 years of age. This news was confirmed by Friedman’s son, Joshua, to CBN News and the New York Daily News soon after.


On Aug 14, 1945, when Friedman was just 21 year old, she heard the news that Imperial Japan’s forces had surrendered and she immediately left her office, rushing to Lexington Avenue to learn more.

The moment she reached Times Square, she was grabbed and kissed by George Mendonsa, a former sailor. Alfred Eisenstaedt, a Life Magazine photographer, snapped the photo of a nurse and sailor kissing but wasn’t able to get their names.

The photo remains one of the most iconic images in American history and was a huge hit. This iconic pose has been recreated hundreds of times by couples in Times Square.

In the book The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo that Ended World War II, author Lawrence Verria confirmed that Friedman and Mendonsa were the true subjects — a belief widely shared today.

In 1956, Greta married a popular doctor named Mischa Friedman. She had two children with the doctor before his death in 1998. Friedman is survived by her two children, Joshua and Mara, and her grandchildren, Caroline and Michael Friedman, the New York Daily News reported.

Many other nurses have changed the world with their contributions and initiatives to improve patient care. To read more about other famous nurses in history, visit INSCOL blog to read Iconic nurses every student should study.

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