'I’m married! I’m married!' objected one woman ensnared by a soldier. 'Well tell your husband this is with the compliments of the Third Division,' the GI responded and then gave her a 'resounding smack.'
Using Alfred Eisenstaedt’s famous but often misunderstood photograph of a sailor kissing a woman in white, this lecture analyzes the wartime politics of kissing and Times Square’s status as a multinational, militarized zone rather than simply the “home front.” Drawing on photographs, footage, and eyewitness accounts, it reflects on the widespread sexual assaults that occurred across the nation on V-J Day– and why they have not been well remembered.