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Hedge fund pioneer and philanthropist Henry Swieca donates $1m to The National WWII Museum in New Orleans

Monday, October 17, 2016
Opalesque Industry Update - Henry Swieca, founder of investment firm Talpion Fund Management and co-founder of hedge fund Highbridge Capital Management, is pledging $1 million to The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Swieca's pledge is directed to the Cost of Victory gallery, in the upcoming Liberation Pavilion, which will commemorate the horrific destruction of life in Europe as well as the role America played in ending the Nazi reign of terror.

Henry Swieca is the son of Polish Holocaust survivors who emigrated to the U.S. before his birth. "I grew up with great appreciation for America and its principals of freedom and liberty," says Swieca.

"I feel a very special connection to World War II and will always be grateful for America's critical role as the defender of liberty during the War and beyond," he said. "With highly engaging exhibits to educate visitors about the incredible sacrifices America made to defend liberty, this Museum helps to ensure the values we fought for get passed on to future generations."

The Liberation Pavilion, scheduled to open in 2019, will be a featured addition to The National WWII Museum's rapidly expanding six-acre campus. The Museum's expansion will ultimately quadruple the institution's original size, adding state-of-the-art programs, exhibits and archives. The Pavilion covers the closing months of the War and the post-War years concluding with an exploration of the meaning and lasting significance of America's defense of freedom.

The Cost of Victory gallery confronts visitors with the enormity of destruction and suffering during the global war. Beyond the destruction and loss of life from battle were unimaginable atrocities and crimes against humanity, most notably the Nazis' attempted genocide of the Jews and other "undesirable" populations.

"We are truly grateful for Henry's generosity and the generosity and support of so many others who share our passion for this great institution," said Dr. Gordon H. "Nick" Mueller, President and CEO of the Museum. "It is through the kindness of our donors, who understand the importance of sharing the story of America's sacrifice for freedom, that we can ensure the Museum continues to evolve and tell the complete story of our nation's experience in World War II. We couldn't do it without them."

Henry Swieca is the founder of Talpion Fund Management, a multi-strategy family office. Mr. Swieca is a 35-year veteran of the investment management industry and co-founder of Highbridge Capital Management, where he also served as CIO from the firm's inception until its sale to JP Morgan in 2009. He holds a BA from Stony Brook University and an MBA from the Columbia Business School, where he serves on the Board of Overseers. Mr. Swieca is involved in and supports numerous civic and religious organizations in the United States and abroad. Swieca became a member of the Museum's Board of Trustees in 2015.

The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in "the war that changed the world" – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today. Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America's National WWII Museum, it celebrates the American Spirit, teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who fought on the battlefront and the Home Front.

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