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  • Laci Barry Post

A Snapshot of History

Updated: Sep 8, 2020


Remember this famous World War II photograph? It was taken in New York on V-J (Victory over Japan) Day, August 14, 1945, and was the perfect portrayal of what the end of World War II meant. Men and women didn’t have to return to the war front. Mothers got their sons back. Children got their fathers back. Husbands and wives could reunite. This passionate kiss seen around the world told it all!

For years and years, the identity of the joyous couple remained a mystery to the world. Now, we know that they were George Mendonsa and Greta Zimmer. George was a Navy quartermaster on leave from the Pacific war front. Greta was a dental assistant who had fled to the United States from Austria. They were two strangers who shared an unforgettable moment in time. There was someone else in the picture, though. Someone who helped solve the mystery. Listen and read their stories firsthand here.


History is full of amazing, individual stories!


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