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moves towards its goal of sending the
firstmannedflight up in 2014.
NewMexico has always welcomed
foreigners, and during the years
leading up toWWI, many Germans
called the state home (nearly 9% of
the populationwas German then).
German emigration to NewMexico
tapered off afterWWI and never
again rose to its high point at the
end of the 19th century. The state
has, however, been home to a
training contingent of the German
Air Force since 1955, and it is
estimated that approximately 1,400
German citizens live in and around
the HollomanAir force Base in
Alamogordowhere this contingent of
the Luftwaffe is located.
German tourists have always found
NewMexico awelcoming place, and
the state has Karl May and his many
books to thank for ‘promoting’ the
WildWest. The state paid Herr
May back in 2013with a several
months’ long exhibition of his
books, his ‘silberbuchse,’ with
photos and a film festival of movies
from the 60s based on his works.
Other German institutions include
the Taos German Summer School
which is celebrating its 38th year of
constant operation, bringing the
German language to hundreds of
college students who stay in the
picturesque Taos ski area (speaking
nothing but German) for onemonth.
NewMexico is also home to several
German companies like Sennheiser
(manufacturer of acoustical equip-
ment for the entertainment industry),
Heel (producer of homeopathic
preparations) and CFV Solar (a solar
energy industry testing facility that
is partneredwith the Fraunhofer
Institute). Together, the companies
employ several hundredworkers.
German citizens
inNewMexico are
assisted by anHonorary German
Consul, Mr. StephanHelgesen, who
was formerly a U.S. diplomat who
lived inGermany. He reports to the
German Consulate inHouston. He
can be reached at: honoraryconsul@
honorarygermanconsul.org
Whether its tourism, higher
education, commerce, science and
technology, historical sites, outdoor
sports, cuisine or culture, New
Mexico is busy living up to its
moniker as the Land of Enchantment
and extends an open invitation to
its German friends to sample all
the state has to offer.
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S T A T E S P E C I A L
NEWMEXICO
Population:
2,085,538
State Capital:
Santa Fe
Size:
121,589 sqmi
SolarTower (CourtesyofSandiaNational Laboratories)
HEEL, INC
Albuquerque
Brauns International, Inc.
Alamogordo
DHL Global Forwarding
Albuquerque
DB Schenker - Rio Rancho Rio Rancho
M+WU.S., Inc. Rio Rancho Rio Rancho
Schott Solar PV, Inc.
Albuquerque
Louis and Company
Albuquerque
ThyssenKrupp Elevator
Albuquerque
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