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"Is this what you want from me? Is this who I am?"
―Magneto[src]

The Massacre in Poland was a tragic confrontation in the early 1980s.

Background

Ten years after the Attack on the White House, which resulted in him becoming the most wanted fugitive in the world, Erik Lensherr (now going by the name Henryk Gurszky) has established a new life in Poland with his new wife Magda and daughter Nina, as well as a job at a factory. One day, however, Erik is forced to reveal his magnetic powers when a huge falling crate almost crushes one of his fellow factory workers - Erik stops it in mid-air just in time.

Massacre

Some time later, some of his colleagues that witnessed his powers had the Polish authorities sent to capture Erik, mainly due to the incident years ago at the White House. Meanwhile, Erik tried to assure Nina no one would take him away, but when he left her, the authorities kidnapped her to lure Erik into the open. While Erik attempted to turn himself in to save his family, they obliged and let Nina go. Enraged, Nina used her powers to unleash a flock of birds, frightening the men and causing them to panic. One of the shocked men accidentally fires an arrow, killing Magda and Nina in the process, much to the horror of their kin.

An incredibly furious and devastated Erik promptly seizes his daughter's locket and turns to regard the men. He then magnetically manipulated his daughter's locket, sending it through the skulls of the men to burst holes in their craniums, killing them all one-by-one. Alone among the dead, he tearfully cradled his family's corpses.

Aftermath

While he attempts to extract his revenge on the fellow factory workers, suddenly Apocalypse appears at the scene (along with Archangel, Psylocke, and Storm). When Magneto asks him who he is, he responds by murdering all the workers. He then persuades an astonished Erik to join him. They then teleport away to the ruins of Auschwitz concentration camp, where Erik, after some encouragement from Apocalypse, destroys the remnants, finally getting some closure. He then promptly agrees to join forces with the ancient mutant (who further enhances Erik's already immense mutant powers), becoming his fourth and final Horseman of the Apocalypse.

Events in the Revised Timeline
Coup on Apocalypse (3600 BCE) • Cuban Missile Crisis (Cuban Beach Battle) (1962) • Vietnam War (1955 - 1975) • Saigon Rescue Mission (1973) • Pentagon Prison Break (1973) • Attack on the White House (1973) • Massacre in Poland (1983) • Return of Apocalypse (Nuclear Weapon Incident - Rescue at X-Mansion - Rescue at Alkali Lake - Battle of Cairo) (1983) • D'Bari Invasion (Endeavour Rescue Mission - Red Hook Incident - Train Chase) (1992) • Chase of Ajax (Highway Massacre - Scrapyard Showdown) (2016) • Assault on DMC Convoy (2018) • Battle at the Essex House (2018) • Westchester Incident (2029) • Massacre at Munson Farm (2029) • Chase Through the North Dakota Woods (2029)
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