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Sailor in iconic kyssebillede is dead

A sailor grabs a hold on the life of a woman in the middle of Times Square in New York city and kisses her passionate. A photographer captures the two with his camera.

the Picture that was taken in Manhattan 14. in august 1945, has since become iconic and symbolizes the end of the second world war.

the Man in the picture, the american sailor, George Mendonsa, Sunday died a few days before his 96 birthday.

It confirms his daughter Sharon Molleur over for the u.s. nyhedsmedie NBC.


the Photo came on the cover of the renowned magazine Life Magazine and represented the joy and euphoria among the americans at the end of the second world war.

But for many years there was no one that knew who was in the picture.

the Man behind the image, the Alfred Eisenstaedt, did not get the names of the two people, he just have photographed. Mendonda claimed long, that it was him who was in the picture, but the others did also.

It was only when the two authors tried to get to the bottom of the case, the riddle was solved. By using-among others-the face recognition technology they could in 2012 to find, in The book 'The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo that Ended World War II, that George Mendonsa was the man in the iconic picture.

the Woman was in fact identified to be Greta Friedman, who died three years ago at the age of 92.

George Mendonsa fought for many years for recognition as the man in the iconic picture. The recognition came in 2012, 67 years after the picture was taken. Photo credit: MCT via
Fought for the recognition
George and Greta did not know each other, as they kissed each other, they have ago told. In the book Mendonsa, that he had leave of absence when the war was declared over. In the pure euphoria he got the desire to kiss Greta, since their paths crossed that day.

- I saw him coming, and before I knew it, I was sitting in his vice, has Greta earlier told CBS News in 2012.

Neither of the two knew that the kiss was immortalized by a photographer.

Greta has subsequently told, that the kiss was not worth writing home about, and the two ended up not their days together.

Mendonsa lived with his wife for 70 years, Rita, in a plejebolig in Rhode Island, when he died.

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