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Woman In World War II 'Kiss' Photo Dies At 92

The woman who appeared in an iconic 1945 photograph that has become an emblem of victory in World War II has died at the age of 92.

Greta Zimmer Friedman died of complications from pneumonia on September 10.

When Friedman was 21, she was photographed on August 14, 1945, in New York’s Times Square when she was grabbed and kissed by an overjoyed sailor as the city celebrated Japan’s surrender.

Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt took the photograph of Friedman and the sailor, George Mendonsa. The two did not know each other at the time of the iconic kiss, and Mendonsa’s future wife, Rita, can also be seen in the photograph.

Friedman was born in Austria, and both of her parents were killed in the Holocaust.

She will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.

Based on reporting by The New York Times, AP, and Reuters