Olev Olesk was born in the village of Sooküla, Peri Parish, Võru County (now part of Rosma village, Põlva Parish in Põlva County). From 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation, he studied at the Tartu University's Faculty of Law, also being a member of the Estonian Students' Society.
On 22 September 1944 he escaped to Sweden from Paatsalu, Salumetsa Talu with Priidik Jungermann ship "Minnalaid" together with 202 other refugees.
- XX sajandi kroonika: Eesti ja maailm: 4 2007 "Olev Olesk (välisminister)"
- New Yorgis tähistati Olev Oleski 90. sünnipäeva Olev Olesk. 5 March 2011 21:11 Neeme Raud, New York
- Einmann, Andres (20 May 2017). "Suri Eesti eksiilvalitsuse viimane välisminister Olev Olesk". Postimees (in Estonian). Retrieved 21 May 2017.
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