What is the origin of the term “Holocaust cloak”? ?

I heard this term for the first time at work and don’t know what it really means or if its offensive.

Answer 1

Holocaust Cloak – From The Princess Bride

“What I wouldn’t give for a Holocaust Cloak!” – Westley, The Princess Bride

A Holocaust Cloak is by all appearances a standard, full-body covering cloak with a hood. However, it has been magically prepared to be almost totally resistant to fire for a time, as well as empower the user with an impressive ability. Once donned, the cloak can be set alight and it will immediately catch and begin to blaze with a bright reddish orange flame – almost the same color and heat as the breath of a Red Dragon. Any who attack the wearer of the cloak must save versus magic or suffer 2d8 points of damage from the flames, and any weapon they strike with must make a saving throw or be damaged as well!

The fire will gutter out after six rounds, but during that time, if the wearer approaches any creature of 1 hit die or less, each must save versus magic or flee in terror. It helps if the wearer of the cloak pronounces doom and destruction upon those whom he is confronting. The wearer takes no damage whatsoever from the cloak’s flames, nor from any *normal* fire-based attacks (e.g., flaming oil) attempted against him. Magic based fire attacks such as Burning Hands will do normal damage unless a saving throw (when appropriate) is made.

The cloak totally consumes itself in the fire. When it is not alight, the cloak behaves as a normal cloak and imparts no other benefits whatsoever. If it is struck by a normal fire-based weapon, it will catch fire; magic based fire has an equal chance of destroying it as all cloth items.

Creation of a Holocaust Cloak requires the blood of a Salamander, cloth knit from a Fire-Giant’s hair, and an additional 1000 g.p. worth of materials to be determined by the Dungeon Master.



Answer 2

FYI: “Holocaust cloak” has nothing to do with The Holocaust. The word “holocaust” just means “a burnt offering [to G-d] in which the entire creature is offered and burnt completely.” This is as opposed to offerings in which the inedible parts were offered and the edible parts were kept and eaten by people.

Elie Wiesel referred to the killings of all the Jews by the Nazis as “the holocaust,” and the term stuck. But its original meaning continues to exist. I don’t know if William Goldman made up the term “holocaust cloak” or whether it existed long before, but it’s not an offensive term.

Answer 3

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What is the origin of the term “Holocaust cloak”? ?
I heard this term for the first time at work and don’t know what it really means or if its offensive.

Answer 4

It was used in the movie The Princess Bride. When they were preparing to storm the evil prince’s castle, the hero said he needed a “holocaust cloak”. As I recall, he put it on and set fire to it to intimidate the enemy soldiers.

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Answer 6

I’m with concernedcitizen on this one, I don’t know where it came from. I’ve only ever heard it on the princess bride.

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