Singer and songwriter Karel Hasler was born 125 years ago
Every Czech knows the tune. "Ta nase pisnicka ceska" or "That Czech Song of Ours" was voted one of the ten greatest hits of the 20th century in a poll conducted by Czech Radio in 2000.
This Wednesday, a special concert featuring Karel Hasler's songs, many of which became almost national anthems, was held in Prague. Not only is he remembered for his songs and films but Karel Hasler's name to this day survives in the popular liquorice sweets Haslerky. Karel Hasler, who had a hoarse voice, closed a deal with the producer of these supposedly medicinal candies, and he named them after him.