The Map to the Palestine Hotel

The Marines who were dispatched to the Palestine Hotel were given a grid coordinate for an area that was a square kilometer large but they did not know where the hotel was located in that area; the hotel was not marked on the map they used. The map is posted above. The red circle, which I placed on the map, shows the area where the Palestine Hotel and Firdos Square are located. The versions below show the area in greater detail; the red arrows that I put on these maps (I have made no other alterations) point to the intersection where Firdos Square and the Palestine Hotel are located. Because the map did not show the precise location of the hotel, a photographer who knew the hotel’s location rode atop the turret of the first tank into Firdos Square.

Author: Peter Maass

I was born and raised in Los Angeles. In 1983, after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, I went to Brussels as a copy editor for The Wall Street Journal/Europe. I left the Journal in 1985 to write for The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune, covering NATO and the European Union. In 1987 I moved to Seoul, South Korea, where I wrote primarily for The Washington Post. After three years in Asia I moved to Budapest to cover Eastern Europe and the Balkans. I spent most of 1992 and 1993 covering the war in Bosnia for the Post.