This statue of a sailor kissing a nurse was reproduced from a photo taken by mr Alfred Eisenstaedt , photojournalist working for Life magazine in 1945.
At the end of ww2 there was a big celebration going on in times square in New York City, the japanese had just surrendered putting an end to ww2, thus the big celebration on the streets of times square, mr Eisenstaedt decided to take his camera and document the celebration , that’s when he saw the sailor
grabbing a nurse and kissing her, the photo was taken in a matter of seconds, but he got the shot, two days later it was on the front page of “LIFE” magazine.
It became one of the most famous photographs of the 20 century,representing the end of ww2.
It was later known that the sailor was Mr.George Mendonsa and the nurse Greta Zimmer Friedman “It wasn’t that much of a kiss” Friedman said in an interview with the Veterans History Project in 2005. “It was just somebody celebrating. It wasn’t a romantic event.””Friedman said in 2005 “It wasn’t my choice to be kissed. The guy just came over and grabbed!
Friedman was a dental assistant that decided to celebrate with everybody else in times square,she got the rest of the day off to go and celebrate.
Mr George Mendonsa later said that the reason he grabbed a nurse was that he was so grateful to all the nurses that took care of the wounded in the war.
Mendonsa died in 1998 .
Greta Friedman died recently at the age of 92 in Richmond Virginia.