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Yitzhak Olshan

Hebrew: יצחק אולשן (אולשנסקי)
Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Lowna, Lita, Lithuania
Death: Died in Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Israel
Immediate Family:

Son of Asher Olshansky and Liba Olshansky
Husband of שמחה סימי אולשן
Father of Yoram Avraham Olshan

Occupation: Lawyer, Supreme court judge
Managed by: מיכאל (מיקי) כהן
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About Yitzhak Olshan

Yitzhak Olshan - יצחק אולשן‎, (February 19, 1895 – February 5, 1983) was an Israeli jurist and the second President of the Supreme Court of Israel.


Olshan was born in Kaunas in the Russian Empire (now Lithuania) in 1895 and immigrated to Ottoman Palestine in 1912. He joined the Hagana and the Jewish Legion. He studied law and oriental studies at the University of London. As an attorney, he represented the Yishuv before the British Mandate of Palestine authorities.

In 1948 he was appointed a Supreme Court of Israel judge. He headed a parliamentary commission to investigate the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) economy and the Central Elections Committee of the second Knesset. In 1954 he was appointed by Moshe Sharett head of the inquiry commission regarding the Lavon affair with President of the Technion and former IDF Chief of Staff, Yaakov Dori.

In 1954, he succeeded Moshe Smoira as President of the Supreme Court. He retired in 1965 and was succeeded by Shimon Agranat. He died in 1983.

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Yitzhak Olshan's Timeline

February 19, 1895
Lowna, Lita, Lithuania
October 24, 1941
Age 46
Jerusalem, Israel
February 5, 1983
Age 87
Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Israel
February 1983
Age 87