Where is Raisefka USSR #russia #poland

Ellen Barnett Cleary

A friend of mine and I are trying to figure out the name of the place her father was exiled to in WWII.  On a form he filled out for his immigration visa and alien registration, the place was cited as Raisefka, USSR.  Does anyone have any idea what the correct name of this place is?

This is what we do know.  He was from Ivenitz, Belarus.  He was sixteen years old, serving in the Polish Army, when he was.captured by the Russians.  The place he was sent to was in Siberia.  He told his daughter, he could see Alaska from the place he was in. There was an explosion in a coal mine there and he was the only survivor. He was burned and had a scar under his neck from one ear to the other from this experience.  After the explosion a nurse in the Army kept him underground caring for him for 6 months.  She released him into the forest, where he wandered for months.

Can anyone  help us figure out the name of this place?
Ellen Barnett Cleary
San Francisco CA

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