In memoriam: Edith Shain – Iconic WWII Nurse
This past week, one of the subjects of the most iconic WWII photograph ever taken passed away.
Edith Shain, age 92, passed away at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday. 65 years ago, her embrace with a US sailor celebrating the end of World War Two became one of the most famous photos in history.
Shain was a nursing student in New York on August 14, 1945, when the surrender of the Japanese was announced. She made her way to Times Square to join in celebrations, where she let a man in a Navy uniform gather her up in his arms before giving her a kiss. The moment was captured by photographer Alfred Eisenstadt and later appeared in Life magazine.
According to the photog Eisenstadt, he had spotted a sailor walking through the crowd kissing every woman he saw.
“Then I noticed the nurse, standing in that enormous crowd. I focused on her, and just as I’d hoped, the sailor came along, grabbed the nurse, and bent down to kiss her. Now if this girl hadn’t been a nurse, if she’d been dressed dark clothes, I wouldn’t have had a picture.
“The contrast between her white dress and the sailor’s dark uniform gives the photograph its extra impact.”
Shain kept her identity a secret for decades, before she reached out to Eisenstadt in the 1970s to reveal herself. The identity of the sailor, however, remains a mystery.
Other women have claimed to be the woman in the nurse’s dress, but Shain was the only one recognized by Eisenstadt. Shain later took part in parades in Manhattan to mark the 50th and 60th anniversaries of V-J Day.
Edith worked as a kindergarten teacher and nurse for 30 years before she passed away.
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The Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea is sandwiched between Poland to the south and Lithuania to the north and east.
Annexed from Germany in 1945, the territory was a closed military zone throughout the Soviet period.
In 2008, Russia threatened to deploy short-range missiles there if the United States went ahead with its plan to build controversial missile defence bases in Poland and the Czech Republic.
Koenigsberg, as the city of Kaliningrad was once known, was founded by Teutonic knights in the 13th century. It became one of the cities of the Hanseatic League and was once the capital of Prussia. The philosopher Immanuel Kant spent all his life in the city and died there in 1804.
The region was part of Germany until annexation by the USSR following World War II when it saw bitter fighting and suffered rampant destruction. The German population was expelled or fled after the war ended.
During the Soviet period, Kaliningrad Region, administratively part of the Russian Federation, was separated from the rest of Russia, more than 300km to the east, by the then Soviet republics of Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus.
Since Lithuania joined the EU it has been impossible to travel between the exclave and the rest of Russia over land without crossing the territory of at least one EU state. There has been friction, particularly with Lithuania, over transit regulations. President Putin described as a matter of Russian national security the inauguration of a new sea route linking the region with Ust-Luga, near St Petersburg, in 2006.
Kaliningrad was one of the most militarised and closed parts of the Soviet Union. Up to half a million servicemen were stationed there. The military were the region’s chief economic mainstay in the Soviet years. When the USSR ceased to be, that military presence was decimated along with the economic benefits it provided.
Kaliningrad is still of great strategic importance to Moscow. It houses the Russian Baltic Fleet at the port of Baltiysk and is the country’s only European ice-free port.
During the Soviet period, agriculture was a key industry. The market for Kaliningrad’s produce was largely dismantled with the collapse of the USSR. The economy nosedived in the early 1990s. Russia provided very little real investment. Unemployment soared and poverty became very widespread, particularly in rural areas. Organised crime and drugs became increasingly problematic. HIV infection rates rose.
In a bid to tackle the region’s problems, in 1996 the Russian authorities granted it special economic status and tax advantages intended to attract investors. Although corruption was an early deterrent, the region’s economy benefited substantially.
Kaliningrad underwent an unprecedented boom, and in 2007 a new $45m airport terminal was opened.
The European Commission provides funds for business projects under its special programme for Kaliningrad. The region began to see increasing trade with the countries of the EU as well as increasing economic growth and rising industrial output.
However, the global financial crisis of 2008-9 affected the region badly, and by the beginning of 2010 unemployment had climbed to over 10% – considerably higher than the Russian average.
Rumblings of discontent came to a head after a sharp increase in the cost of public transport, and in January an estimated 10,000 people attended a rally calling for the dismissal of Kaliningrad governor Georgiy Boos, in what was one of the biggest opposition protests in Russia in a decade.
Moscow keeps a wary eye on developments. The Kremlin is particularly sensitive over calls from within the region for a referendum on whether to seek greater autonomy within Russia with a view to strengthening ties with the European Union.
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It is the photograph everyone has been waiting to see.
It is the evidence that could be used to bring criminal charges against Oscar-winner Mel Gibson.
In a blockbuster world exclusive radaronline.com has exclusively obtained a disturbing picture of Oksana Grigorieva taken just hours after she claims Gibson punched her in the face. The photograph is part of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigation into the actor for domestic violence. It’s also included in Oksana’s declaration to the court in the estranged couple’s vicious custody battle over their eight-month-old daughter Lucia.
The image shows the damage to the Russian-born musician’s front teeth after the couple’s brutal blowout at Mel’s Malibu mansion on January 6.
Oksana has told police that Mel punched her in the face while she held their infant daughter Lucia and that the force of his blows broke her teeth and left her with a concussion. The damage left Oksana in need of urgent medical assistance, she told police probing the case. This evidence was obtained after Gibson’s camp issued a carefully worded denial that she had suffered the injuries.
Mel’s representatives insisted Oksana has provided zero evidence to support her claim that Mel caused damage. “Not true… her teeth are in her mouth according to our information,” one of Mel’s laywers stated, last month.
But Mel admitted to hitting Oksana in an audio recording of a telephone conversation in which the enraged actor says: “you f**king deserved it” after she protested that the Braveheart star hit her and broke her teeth. The dentist who repaired the teeth, Dr. Ross Shelden, also took photos of Oksana’s mouth and turned them over to her lawyers. In his declaration, Sheldon said he saw evidence of “blunt force trauma” as well as physical damage.
The allegations of violence have been backed up with outrageous audio recordings, obtained and released, in which Mel threatens Oksana with physical harm.
In one of the taped conversations, an out-of-control Mel is heard yelling: “You need a f **king bat in the side of the head”. Other audio released has included Mel spewing vile, racist remarks and telling Oksana that she will be raped by a “pack of n***ers”.
In the latest recording released, Mel is heard yelling and demanding sex and threatening to burn the house down.
“I deserve to be bl*wn first, before the f**king jacuzzi”, Mel tells Oksana, as he heaves loudly over the phone, later adding: “OK, I’ll burn the goddamn house down but bl*w me first! How dare you?”
Oksana is also claiming that the baby — who was two months old at the time of the alleged incident — was hit when Gibson lunged for her. There are also photographs of the baby with a bruise on her face.
Oksana also told investigators that Mel, 54, waved a gun in her face after she was beaten by him and tried to get away.
You can see the picture here: http://www.radaronline.com
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Many see this photo from 1985 as the beginning of what we nowadays call “media globalization“, because Omayra Sanchez’s agony was followed by television cameras from all over the world.
Despite all the footage that was recorded by those tv cameras, it was this photograph, of a shocking reality and humanity, that went down in history as the first broadcast of the pain and death of a human being.
The photograph was published months after the girl’s death and Frank Fournier was awarded the 1986 World Press Photo Premier Award for this picture.
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Lady Gaga continued her unladylike behavior at Asia de Cuba over the weekend.
She dined with about 20 people at the Morgans Hotel restaurant dressed in a see-through gown with a nude veil. A fellow diner at a distant table slyly took her picture. “Gaga became noticeably upset, pushed her security team out of the way to confront the shutterbug and demanded he delete the photo,” said a witness. The snapper obliged and Gaga cooled off and returned to dinner.