Religion: Resurrection

Coventry became a household word synonymous with utter demolition on the night of Nov. 14, 1940, when the Nazi Luftwaffe, in one of the most terrible raids of the war, systematically pulverized the industrial town in the English Midlands, killing more than 500 people. Center and symbol of the destruction was St. Michael's Cathedral, of which nothing was left the next morning but the famed 15th century tower and spire. While the rubble still smoked, a local craftsman, under the Bishop of Coventry's direction, bound two charred timbers from the roof together with wire to make a cross and set it...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!