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|For the old ones, memory is like a stack of china. If you try to pull a plate from the middle, the whole thing comes crashing down.|
|— Eli Lavon|
|— A Death in Vienna|
Eli Lavon was a survivor of Operation Wrath of God, where he had been an ayin, or tracker, for Gabriel Allon. He had retired from active service with the Office and operated Wartime Claims and Inquiries.
Key Events Edit
The English Assassin Edit
Eli explained financial documents Gabriel Allon found in Augustus Rolfe's villa and traced information about paintings. Eli later assisted in the abduction of a Swiss official.
The Confessor Edit
Eli pointed out to Gabriel that the Vatican was the one government that the Nazis did not want voicing objections to the Final Solution to the Jewish Question. Eli called the Vienna Station of the Office. Ephraim Ben-Avraham was sent to meet Gabriel and take him to the secure communications facility in the Israeli embassy.
A Death in Vienna Edit
Eli was nearly killed when Wartime Claims and Inquiries was bombed. The bombing set off the inquiry that led to the discovery that Erich Radek was still living in Vienna. Eli was hospitalized for a time in Vienna but, at Gabriel Allon's urging, was moved to Jerusalem.
Prince of Fire Edit
t have happened if Gabriel had let Eli watch his back. Gabriel agreed and asked Eli to find Khaled; Eli was successful.
The Messenger Edit
The Secret Servant Edit
Eli conducted a surveillance.